RAF Tornado crashed in Linolnshire

#1
An RAF Tornado has crashed on the Lincolnshire coast during a routine training exercise.

Both the pilot and navigator ejected safely from the fighter plane, the Ministry of Defence said.

Search and rescue teams were scrambled after parachutes were seen descending near the crash site.

The pair - believed to be men - were picked up by Sea King helicopters from RAF Wattisham and Leconfield.

They were flown to hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, with spinal injuries but their condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

MoD officials say the Tornado GR4, from RAF Marham, crashed at around 1100 GMT at Holbeach Range, an RAF bombing range used for aircraft and weapons testing.

Practice bombs weighing as much as 2,000lbs are dropped on a variety of targets on the range, which is based on the south side of The Wash.

It is used by Tornados - a two-seater attack aircraft - as well as Harriers and Jaguars.

The Tornado GR4 is considered the RAF's primary attack aircraft, flying at low level and supersonic speeds.

It can reach 1,452mph at 36,000ft and 710mph at sea level.

On May 17, 2002, a Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham crashed into the River Humber, east Yorkshire. Both crew ejected to safety.

Article link here : http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1238390,00.html
 
#2
Well it sounds like they both got out ok all-be-it a few inches shorter, which is all that matters.....
 
#3
That's going to be some insurance claim:

"I was just flying along minding my own business when, suddenly, the ground appeared very close to me and going very quickly, so myself and my best-bum-chum ejected and watched the ground crash very quickly into the aircraft"

On serious note glad they got out and hope they're not badly injured - bar the obvious loss of height. How many GR4s have the RAF lost since 1990? It must be adding up now...
 
#5
Help out an ignorant bstard please.

When the ejector seat fires does it just throw out the driver airframe or is he/she still in the seat? If in the seat, does the pilot separate from that or land in/on his seat?
I'd support calling this an ejeculation seat.
 
#6
OldRedCap said:
Help out an ignorant bstard please.

When the ejector seat fires does it just throw out the driver airframe or is he/she still in the seat? If in the seat, does the pilot separate from that or land in/on his seat?
I'd support calling this an ejeculation seat.
Old,
All you need to know fella, click here.....Martin Baker Ejection Seats
 
#8
Did the locals rob them of their gold sovereigns, before handing them over? ho,ho,ho.
 
#9
OldRedCap said:
Help out an ignorant bstard please.

When the ejector seat fires does it just throw out the driver airframe or is he/she still in the seat? If in the seat, does the pilot separate from that or land in/on his seat?
I'd support calling this an ejeculation seat.
When a growbag bang's out the is a slight time delay for the canopy to blow (the white squiggly line is a explosive charge called MDC) or in older jet's,for the canopy to detatch & to be blown off by the airstream.Then 2 things happen,behind the seat is a 'telescopic rod in a shotgun'.The cartridges here fire & the seat is pushed up the rail.Then the rocket motor fires to propell the seat to a certain height.A unit called a Barometric Time Delay unit sences the air pressure & determines at what height it is safe for the crew to seperate from the seat.A small shotgun fires which pulls out a drouge chute from the head box which in turn pulls out the main chute.It is here that the pilot seperates from the seat.He is also sitting on his PSP,Which is his liferaft & survival kit,this then hangs below him on decsent.If it is a 2 seat jet like the Tornado,the seats are set slightly off so that the crew dont collide on ejection.
That's the basics of a ejection & I learnt that nearly twenty years ago on my seat course!! :oops:
 
#10
spike7451 said:
OldRedCap said:
Help out an ignorant bstard please.

When the ejector seat fires does it just throw out the driver airframe or is he/she still in the seat? If in the seat, does the pilot separate from that or land in/on his seat?
I'd support calling this an ejeculation seat.
When a growbag bang's out the is a slight time delay for the canopy to blow (the white squiggly line is a explosive charge called MDC) or in older jet's,for the canopy to detatch & to be blown off by the airstream.Then 2 things happen,behind the seat is a 'telescopic rod in a shotgun'.The cartridges here fire & the seat is pushed up the rail.Then the rocket motor fires to propell the seat to a certain height.A unit called a Barometric Time Delay unit sences the air pressure & determines at what height it is safe for the crew to seperate from the seat.A small shotgun fires which pulls out a drouge chute from the head box which in turn pulls out the main chute.It is here that the pilot seperates from the seat.He is also sitting on his PSP,Which is his liferaft & survival kit,this then hangs below him on decsent.If it is a 2 seat jet like the Tornado,the seats are set slightly off so that the crew dont collide on ejection.
That's the basics of a ejection & I learnt that nearly twenty years ago on my seat course!! :oops:
I think I would prefer an orgasm. Thanks for that
 
#11
OldRedCap said:
spike7451 said:
OldRedCap said:
Help out an ignorant bstard please.

When the ejector seat fires does it just throw out the driver airframe or is he/she still in the seat? If in the seat, does the pilot separate from that or land in/on his seat?
I'd support calling this an ejeculation seat.
When a growbag bang's out the is a slight time delay for the canopy to blow (the white squiggly line is a explosive charge called MDC) or in older jet's,for the canopy to detatch & to be blown off by the airstream.Then 2 things happen,behind the seat is a 'telescopic rod in a shotgun'.The cartridges here fire & the seat is pushed up the rail.Then the rocket motor fires to propell the seat to a certain height.A unit called a Barometric Time Delay unit sences the air pressure & determines at what height it is safe for the crew to seperate from the seat.A small shotgun fires which pulls out a drouge chute from the head box which in turn pulls out the main chute.It is here that the pilot seperates from the seat.He is also sitting on his PSP,Which is his liferaft & survival kit,this then hangs below him on decsent.If it is a 2 seat jet like the Tornado,the seats are set slightly off so that the crew dont collide on ejection.
That's the basics of a ejection & I learnt that nearly twenty years ago on my seat course!! :oops:
I think I would prefer an orgasm. Thanks for that
So would I!! The spine compresses up to 2 inches & in older seat's,you could only eject up to 3 times in you're career before being grounded!
 
#12
Was interested to see the number of lives saved on the Martin Baker website: 7170 guess it's 7172 now!
 
#13
spike7451 said:
OldRedCap said:
spike7451 said:
I think I would prefer an orgasm. Thanks for that
So would I!! The spine compresses up to 2 inches & in older seat's,you could only eject up to 3 times in you're career before being grounded!
3 ejections! Should think the Jonah factor would also come into play although that may account for some of the short-arrses I saw in RAF Trade Group 20.
 
#14
:D I reckon they only did it to get a free Martin Baker tie :D
 
#15
OldRedCap said:
spike7451 said:
OldRedCap said:
Help out an ignorant bstard please.

When the ejector seat fires does it just throw out the driver airframe or is he/she still in the seat? If in the seat, does the pilot separate from that or land in/on his seat?
I'd support calling this an ejeculation seat.
When a growbag bang's out the is a slight time delay for the canopy to blow (the white squiggly line is a explosive charge called MDC) or in older jet's,for the canopy to detatch & to be blown off by the airstream.Then 2 things happen,behind the seat is a 'telescopic rod in a shotgun'.The cartridges here fire & the seat is pushed up the rail.Then the rocket motor fires to propell the seat to a certain height.A unit called a Barometric Time Delay unit sences the air pressure & determines at what height it is safe for the crew to seperate from the seat.A small shotgun fires which pulls out a drouge chute from the head box which in turn pulls out the main chute.It is here that the pilot seperates from the seat.He is also sitting on his PSP,Which is his liferaft & survival kit,this then hangs below him on decsent.If it is a 2 seat jet like the Tornado,the seats are set slightly off so that the crew dont collide on ejection.
That's the basics of a ejection & I learnt that nearly twenty years ago on my seat course!! :oops:
I think I would prefer an orgasm. Thanks for that
At my age I'd be grateful for anything! :D
 
#16
It says 'ere that you signed out 1x Tornado, bombing for the use of yesterday morning, and you 'avent 'anded it back in - you signed it out son, you pay for it!
 
#18
labrat said:
It says 'ere that you signed out 1x Tornado, bombing for the use of yesterday morning, and you 'avent 'anded it back in - you signed it out son, you pay for it!
They'll also have to shell out for a couple of slabs for the boys and girls in the ejection seat bay.

And on a related note, there's a legend that in the 1970s some Floppy (Iraqi, IIRC) spun a Jet Provost into a cabbage field somewhere in East Anglia after a spot of unauthorised aeros while on a solo sector recce. The story goes he took a cab back to the station and was later found in the scruffs bar denying all knowledge of the incident, even when he was shown his signature on the 700.
 
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#19
You know how it is with theses urban myths. I heard it was Linton-on-Ouse, where our strangely-brown colleague forgot to heave the controls back when the runway runs out and stuffed his JP through the hedge.

By the time the crash crew arrived at the scene, chummy was in bed in the Officers Mess pretending to be fast asleep, and, quite naturally, denyed all knowledge of the incident.

Well, you would, wouldn't you?
 

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