Mission: To Preserve the History of the Greatest Fighter Jet the United States Navy Has Ever Flown.

stories-07-01Upon viewing the attached images, those of us who have been privileged to fly in the back seat of a tactical jet will marvel at how this could have ever happened. Especially when you consider the fact the back seat passenger was also a member of the US Navy.

In November 2002, while training in Nevada, VF-213, an F-14D squadron was tasked with giving a familiarization Flight to an officer from one of our Aegis Class Cruisers. Apparently this individuals shoulder straps were not properly adjusted. While pulling positive Gs he began to float out of the ejection seat. In order to readjust his position he reached down and grabbed that little yellow and black stripped handle. Bang! The next thing he knew he was no longer in the Tomcat. He landed with minor injuries, was rescued and the Tomcat was recovered safely at NAS Fallon. 

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Random Tales

by Pete Purvis 
This article was first published in Flight Journal magazine in April 2001. With kind permission of the author.

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