On the Avoidance of Limb Flail Injury by Ejection Seat Stabilization
Final rept. 1 Oct 1972-31 Mar 1974
PAYNE INC ANNAPOLIS MD
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After a review of the various causes of limb flail injury during high speed escape from an aircraft in an open ejection seat, the problem of flailing due to seat aerodynamic instability is addressed. The author concluded that there is no practical way of avoiding injury in an unstable seat. The causes of ejection seat instability are then examined, and a number of conventional and unconventional stabilization systems discussed. The author concluded that a new approach -- the in-plane stabilizer -- is probably the optimum solution to the problem. The theory of the in-plane stabilizer is developed and its effectiveness confirmed by full scale wind tunnel tests with an F-105 seat containing live human subjects.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems