Martin Baker and Irvin success.

In June 1960 I ejected from a Sea Venom jet aircraft using a Martin Baker Ejection seat fitted with an Irvin parachute. It was the first ejection in from a Royal Australian Navy aircraft.
The ejection was at low level at night and I was below the minimum height and speed for safe ejection. I estimate that I spent about 3 to 5 seconds in the fully deployed Irvin parachute. I just had time to pull the starboard para cords and then the port cords to avoid landing in the aircraft fire below me!
I landed safely as did my Observer and I still have and treasure my Silkworm/”Caterpiller” Club Badge.
I was ejection number 130 in a Martin Baker seat and they are now over 7500 lives saved I understand.

This page was added on 14/11/2018.

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