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On this episode, US Navy Commander Rafe “Bloach” Wysham offers an in-depth look at ejection seats including a brief history, how they work, how aircrew inspect them before flight, and why–in multi-place aircraft–it is important to have the ‘Eject Select’ switch in the proper position.

Bloach wraps up the discussion with a harrowing story of the time an ejection seat saved his life from a doomed F-14 Tomcat.

Check out the FPP004 – Ejection Seats playlist on our YouTube channel for a few examples of ejection seats in action.  The keen observer may recognize the audio featured on our intro bumper music!