Here's a video of Captain Brian Bews ejecting from his jet less than a second before it hits the ground. He stayed in the jet to make sure it wouldn't crash into any civilians or spectators. Reports say he is well, but went to the hospital with injuries after hitting the ground (his parachute was only partially opened because of how late he ejected).
In my "tent making" job, I spend my days making aircrew escape systems (ejection seat motors) for the military. You always hope they never have to be used, but it instills a sense of pride when you know what you've done has saved a pilot's life.ReplyDelete