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English Electric Canberra Ejection Seat

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English Electric Canberra Ejection Seat

English Electric Canberra Jet Bomber Ejection Seat by Martin Baker, dated 1959.

Mark 2C.

Height: 148 cm.

 

James Martin and Captain Valentine Baker founded the “Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd’ in 1934.

On 12th September 1942, during a test flight of the Martin-Baker MB3 prototype, Captain Valentine Baker was tragically killed. Captain Valentine Baker's death greatly affected Sir James Martin, so much so that pilot safety became Martin's primary focus.

In 1944, James Martin was invited by the then Ministry of Aircraft Production to investigate the practicability of providing fighter aircraft with a means of assisted escape for the pilot. After investigating alternative schemes, it soon became apparent that the most attractive means would be by forced ejection of the seat with the occupant sitting in it, and that the most effective means of doing this would be by an explosive charge. The Martin-Baker ejection seat was then born.

The first ever live ejection took place on 30th May 1949, by Jo Lancaster. Jo was flying an Armstrong Whitworth AW52 aircraft and was forced to eject using a pre Mk1 ejection seat over Southam, Warwickshire. Many other milestones were achieved soon after, including the first live zero speed / zero altitude ejection in 1961 and in 1987 the first microprocessor controlled ejection seat.

 

The English Electric Canberra is a British first-generation jet-powered medium bomber manufactured through the 1950's. The Canberra could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber through the 1950's and set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957. Due to its ability to evade the early jet interceptors and its significant performance advancement over contemporary piston-engined bombers, the Canberra was a popular export product and served with air forces of many nations. In February 1951 a Canberra became the first jet aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight.