Thankfully the pilot survives the F-18 crash. I just received this email from a relative and I knew I just had to share it with you. An amazing series of photos captured and then highlighted showing in detail the sequence of a pilot ejecting and surviving the crash of his or her F-18. I do apologise if I have inadvertently used your material, let me know and I’ll take it down. The email I was sent did not come with a source.
Incredible photos from an accident in Canada (Lethbridge).
Check out the sequence of the canopy leaving the scene, the pilot in his rocket-powered seat coming out, the parachute opening sequence, and the separated seat falling.
Modern technology at its best. All of this happened in about two seconds from canopy off to the fireball.
Smoke from the canopy rocket motors
There he or she goes ! So that’s what the striped handle does !
The left engine has the nozzle fully open, showing that #1 engine was developing no power.
The white thing is the seat-stabilizing drogue chute. Notice the pilot’s head pinned to his/her chest from the severe ‘G’ forces
produced by the solid rocket motors in the ACES II seat. They burn for about 2/10 of a second . .
enough time to propel the pilot at least 60 feet clear of the aircraft. Helluva ride.
One millisecond from eternity for this FA-18.
Check out the now-unoccupied ejection seat following the aircraft.
The moment-of-impact photo shows flame shooting out of the left engine . . its ‘last gasp’.
There goes the seat above the fireball.
The pilot will be downing his/her first of several shots within the hour, soon as his/her hands stop shaking.
And the pilot lived happily ever after . . .