This post isn't really related to the topic, so check out Def Stan 00-970 Part 1/3, Section 2, Page 6 (available from http://www.dstan.mod.uk
) for abbreviations related to the flight portion of UK military aircraft design.
Have you never thought about ejecting? There is no singular experience like it on the planet... Think of yourself in a warm, comfortable cockpit. You pull the Yellow And Black Handle (the ejection seat firing handle). Then, shortly after, your canopy is shattered by the MDC (the abbreviations differ, but let's use the US version - Minature Detonating Cord - there's another relevant thing for this post), pull 17g (briefly) as you are literally shot out of the aircraft. You are immediately hit with a freezing wind blast at 600 knots (Note: 600kts is generally considered to be the highest survivable airspeed during ejection; a Russian pilot once survived an ejection at Mach 2.25, but it was a case of 'die in the aircraft or die ejecting'). Then you start to fall. And fall. And fall (Zero G? Oh, Yes!). You are twelve miles above the Earth's surface. Even at the terminal velocities experienced near the ground, it would take you some six to eight minutes to reach ten thousand feet AMSL. Once you reach that altitude (depending on your seat system), your seat seperates and your main parachute opens (many seats separate immediately after ejection - in any case, you'll have your drogue 'chute). Your Personal Survival Pack (PSP
- there's another acronym for this post) drops on the cord below you. You then parachute down to the ground (the time needed depends on a variety of factors... still, it is probably more than a couple of minutes)... In the process, your spine will be shortened by about two inches (5cm - it grows back after about 6 months, but you can only sustain a few of these shocks). You are likely to suffer wind burn and, at that altitude, some effects of hypothermia and (in extreme cases) frostbite.
But can you think of anything else on (or near) the planet even like it?
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