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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2019, 21:04 
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Hello

Whilst doing some research on the Vampires MB MK3 ejection seats I noticed that the handle has been up-turned.

Any particular reason for this?

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PostPosted: 24 Feb 2019, 08:41 
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What would you base that on?

I cannot see clearly in the link that you supplied.

"Gringo" Lt Col Glen Warden in the hotseat.


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Are the seats live on the Vamp, IIRC there was an issue with timex cartridges - but I may be wrong


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That's a good point Spice, IIRC, the Museum did fly them without operational ejection seats.

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AT6C wrote:
What would you base that on?

I cannot see clearly in the link that you supplied.

"Gringo" Lt Col Glen Warden in the hotseat.


Here is the fully image.

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Also visible in this video.



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Mars yes the handles are bent upwards to accommodate the pilots helmet. Strange but true

Hopefully Dean will post a photo of it later on.

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Photos courtesy of Geoff. :smt023

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AT6C wrote:
Mars yes the handles are bent upwards to accommodate the pilots helmet. Strange but true

Hopefully Dean will post a photo of it later on.

Geoff


Thanks Geoff

I guess that if the seats are timex, then there is no other functional consideration other than having the extra space.

On a side note what is the airworthy status of the other two Vampires 276 and 257?


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Its interesting to note that 277's ejection seats are in natural metal and not the traditional black.


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Vampires 257 and 276 are in storage with no immediate plans to fly them.

Nose wheel tyres are very scarce un-obtainable at the moment.


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I guess that if the seats are timex, then there is no other functional consideration other than having the extra space.


I actually forgot to look at 276 which is nearby in the hangar, I will do so tomorrow and check the curvature on the handles.

Thank you Dean.

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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2019, 19:13 
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The seats for 276 have straight ejection handles, unlike 277's seats.

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Thanks Geoff,

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