flyingturtle
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Helicopters With Ejection Seats

Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:52 pm

Hello dear a.nutters,


a few minutes of googling told me that both the Ka-50 and the Mi-28 are equipped with ejection seats, but they haven't been used in earnest. What I've learnt is...


...in the case of the Ka-50, an explosive charge detaches the rotor from the helicopter, and then the ejection seat fires upwards.


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The Mi-28 is equipped with ejection seats that fire to the side and downwards.


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My questions are:
- why didn't the western countries bother to develop an ejection seat for helicopters?
- in the case of the Ka-50, is the whole rotor separated from the aircraft, or only the rotor blades?


Any information on this strange topic is appreciated!



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RE: Helicopters With Ejection Seats

Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:16 am

The Sikorsky S-72 RSRA had ejection seats. A test of the seats can be seen in this video, starting at 1:24:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLhZN7fTwQQ
 
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RE: Helicopters With Ejection Seats

Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:49 pm

Thank you (a bit late!) for your reply!

I didn't really know that helicopter ejection seats existed outside of the "Goldeneye" movie.  



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RE: Helicopters With Ejection Seats

Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:10 am

Shouldn't the Helicopters have Autorotation facility to land with no Power.
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RE: Helicopters With Ejection Seats

Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:00 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 3):
Shouldn't the Helicopters have Autorotation facility to land with no Power.

That doesn't help much if your tail rotor has been shot off.

Regarding the Ka-50, has anybody else produced a single seat attack helicopter?

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