An old friend from Riyadh had been a F-4 pilot in Vietnam, shot down (don't know where) but the rescue helicopter was particularly quick and he only had to shoot one NVA soldier with his service pistol before they got him out. He hurt his back during ejection, but insisted on a few Jeremiah Weeds at the unit bar on his return, and told the tale every fecken time anyone asked him about it. No wonder I'm an alcoholic.Glass half empty kind of outlook?
There have been pilots in various wars who bailed out over enemy territory and were not captured. June 2, 1995 Francis O’Grady’s F-16 was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina by a 2K12 Kub mobile SAM launcher and forced to eject. Spent nearly a week evading capture before being recued.
It is simply a step up from the pistol now provided in escape kits, that provide pilots a more effective means of personal survival.