Doctor of Teleocity
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- Dec 2, 2003
- The Netherlands
Yes and NOWasn't the F-104 the aircraft that the ejection seat fired DOWNWARD instead of UPWARD?
Only the XF-104 prototype had that feature
But from the completely revamped YF-104 (stretched fuselage, different engine) on, every single F-104 had a normal upwards firing ejection seat.
A diorama in a German air force museum of a Starfighter pilot leaving his aircraft, something that the Luftwaffe was VERY familiar with.
As for why they changed it.
Well, most accidents happened either with take off and landing situations, when the plane is close to the ground. And what good does an ejection seat do if it kills the pilot by slamming them into the ground.