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 April 1949


Wren Cartoon
published THE AEROPLANE May 6th 1949

29th April 1949

The 18th Salon de l'Aéronautique

Aeronautical Exhits in Paris

"Holland FOKKER (N. V. Nederlandsche Vliegtuifabriek Fokker) Fokker S.14 two / three seat trainer. Both front seats are of the pilot-ejector type"

 May  1949

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
First successful use of a Martin Baker ejection seat in anger.
30th May 1949 Armstrong Whitworth AW.52 TS363   powered by two Rolls Royce Nene engines experienced
flutter/control difficulties.
Test Pilot J. O. Lancaster, ejected. Martin-Baker Pre-Mk.1
31st May 1949 USAF Converted TF-80   Muroc and Hamilton Air Force Bases used in test ejections,
flown by Major V.A. Ford. .
Captain Vince Mazza ejected at 10,000ft, 430 T.A.S. m.p.h.  

   June 1949   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crew photo seat
1st June 1949 USAF TF-80C   Muroc and Hamilton Air Force Bases Sgt. Vic James ejected at 10,200ft., 405 T.A.S. m.p.h.  
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo

1949 Two F-86's crashed mid-air near Quail lake south of Gorman

06/10/49 Two F86 "Sabre" fighters from  mid-air over Gorman

CHECK DETAILS - SOME CONFUSION

First American USAF Aviator to use an ejection seat in an emergency -
This is now disputed with the information that General Edmund Edwards ejected from an F-84 in July 1948
10th June 1949 USAF F-86A-5-NA Sabre 48-135
or
48-191
March Field Mid-air collision near Quail lake south of Gorman, CA. One pilot killed the other "bailed Out."     NAA
Lt. Farley made a successful ejection and received only minor injuries on landing on a ridge of the
San Bernadino Mountains. Supplies were dropped by a civilian pilot and by the pilot of an Air
Force L-13 aircraft before he was rescued by a helicopter.

 [Believed to be the first emergency use of an ejection seat in the USAF , although article gives it as the first emergency use of an ejection seat in the United States.] [The Aeroplane/p.523/14-10-1949]Seen to go
into an inverted dive at about 550 m.p.h., dropping to about 1,000ft Lt. R. E. Farley ejected 71st Fighter Squadron 1st Fighter Wing
George Air Force Base, Calif

This is now disputed with the information that General Edmund Edwards ejected from an F-84 in July 1948

10th June 1949 USAF TF-80C   Muroc and Hamilton Air Force Bases Capt. Vince Mazza ejected at 10,500ft., 480 T.A.S. m.p.h.  
20th June 1949 USAF TF-80C   Muroc and Hamilton Air Force Bases Capt. Vince Mazza ejected at 10,300ft., 535 T.A.S. m.p.h..  

   July 1949

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crew seat photo
5th July 1949 USAF TF-80C   Muroc and Hamilton Air Force Bases Capt. Vince Mazza ejected at 9,000ft., 555 T.A.S. m.p.h..  

   August 1949

First American Naval Aviator to use an ejection seat in an emergency
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
9th August 1949
USN
McDonnell F2H-1 Banshee VF-171   on a routine training flight after picking up a new F2H Banshee at Cherry Point. Flying at 38,000 feet, near
Walterboro, South Carolina
Lt. Jack L. "Pappy" Fruin ejected at 597 m.p.h McDonnell

   September  1949   

 

S. B. A. C. Flying Show and Static Exhibition Farnborough 1949

 

SECTION 9  MILITARY AND SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT

M.L. ENGINEERING CO., LTD., United Building,  Trading  Estate, Slough, Bucks. Glider‑towing equip ment, pilot‑ejection seats, target­towing winches; retractor brackets for gyro gunsights.

 

MARTIN‑BAKER   AIRCRAFT, LTD., Higher Denham, nr. Uxbridge, Middx. Designersand manufacturers of the Martin‑Baker Ejector Seat which has been standardized for all R.A.F. fighter  and bomber jet air‑ craft; blast tubes for gun installation; Martin patent gun‑feeds, gun mountings, etc.

 

RIGHT: an early Martin-Baker Advert - this design is by E. Harmsworth appeared in both THE AEROPLANE and FLIGHT during September1949 and capitalized on the successful live ejection of Flt. Lt. J. O. Lancaster who had made the first live emergency ejection in Britain on 30th May 1949 from the Armstrong Whitworth AW-52 Flying Wing

   October 1949

 



02/10/49 Navy JR-B twin-engine Beech plane from China Lake crashed in the Sierra's

03/02/49 F84 "Fury" jet crashed 50 miles northwest of Bakersfield.

03/02/49 Two USMC Hellcats Crash On Mount Baldy

03/02/49 Navy F4U "Corsair" # 97448 crashed on Santa Cruz Island

03/05/49 F4U Corsair found crashed on Santa Cruz Island.

03/10/49 B25 crashed in rain 17 miles northwest of Rosamond

06/16/49 Navy R4D crashed in Dry Canyon south of Mulholland Drive in the City of Los Angeles.


09/21/49 National Guard F51 #NG-4-73080 crashed in Gold Canyon above Pacomia.