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F-15 Ejection at supersonic speed

R.I.P navigator, Dennis White.


Added: Aug-15-2011 
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  • You know... for all the shit I somewhat tend to give to the Air Force (hair force, chair force.. etc) I forget how friggin dangerous and difficult those machines really are. As near as I can tell, every fighter pilot have a list of dead friends. (not that I know that many)
    Much respect.. from to the most lowly E-1 Airmen up to the knights of the air.

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  • Never seen this one. Thanks for the great post.

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  • Glad the pilot made it, shame about the navigator R.I.P. The F-15 looks amazing

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  • I actually worked on that exact plane in the video many times. It's from the 334th fighter squadron 4th wing, "The Fighting Eagles". I was an avionics tech. Although I didn't get there until 1993. This was our only fatality at the time so it was talked about often. From what I remember it was a combination of a system failure that happened at a critical point and panic from spatial disorientation (not being able to pick out what is sky and what is water). There are a couple minor detai More..

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    • @djdjr In the RAF all back seat jockeys are referred to as navigators. Seeing that this vid had an English narrator for an English audience, he was quite correct.

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    • @djdjr I'm guessing it ejects sequentially? I.e the WSO getting ejected later or prior?

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    • @CargeLock I won't argue with the difference in language, I'll just say that the back seater does not navigate at all in this jet. He is in charge of weapons delivery.

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    • @rumplestiltskin The selector handle is always set to "Aft Eject". So the canopy blows off first, then the WSO comes out, then the pilot. All within split seconds though. And as tight as those seats are, I couldn't imagine being shot out of a tight space like that.

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  • damm...

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  • Sad but interesting. Thanks for the post!!

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  • Ejecting from an aircraft at the speed of sound would be like hitting a brick wall..........damn,,,lucky ......R.I.P for the navigator.....

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  • WOW just wow

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  • when you eject does your aircraft emit a distress call and or location xmitter?

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    • @absu69
      Yes, the Iff goes off.

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    • @moefugger Different system. IFF is "Identification Friend or Foe". It's a code changed daily so pilots know which jets are enemy and which are hostile. When pilots eject, there is an emergency beacon in the seat and radio on the pilot to transmit their position to the coast guard.

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    • @moefugger IFF is more or less obsolete these days. Most military aircraft are just squawking the same codes as those used for civil aviation. From a technical perspective IFF and civilian transponders differ only in a few specific pulse locations within the data burst. It is completely compatible with standard SSR and very easily spoofed. IFF and Transponders aren't strictly related to safety, they don't actually provide any positional information at all - they just send the radar some addition More..

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  • Quite a violent experience, my condolences to the dead pilot, brave men indeed.

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  • fuck that sounded intense..

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  • God bless these brave men and women.

    RIP Navigator Dennis White.

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  • http://www.ejectionsite.com/insaddle/insaddle.htm



    by Tech. Sgt. Timothy P. Barela
    photos by Master Sgt. Dave Nolan
    April 18, Capt. Brian Udell, an F-15E fighter pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, will acknowledge the second anniversary of that fateful day. There will be no celebration, because he lost a friend and coworker - weapons systems officer Capt. Dennis White. Yet on that bitter-sweet night, Udell miraculously survived one of the fastest known ejections in history at more More..

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  • Harsh

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  • What was wrong with the plane?

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  • Search and Rescue fuckin sucked.

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    • @tomtipton It took 4 hours for them to be rescued. My opinion is based on that.

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    • @tomtipton When you've got a plane that can go 800 plus MPH out into the ocean, it's going to take a helo(going 200 mph) a little bit of time to get out there. And then search for a 1 man raft, in an ocean, at night. I'm surprised he was found at all.

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    • @gammyland I agree that he wouldn't be like a bright light in the darkness, but with dye and beacons, if not tracking devices on his person, 4 hours seems a bit long, especially with other jets out there to pin-point his position down to a ten meter grid.

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    • @gammyland do they transmit a beacon upon ejection? i mean if you are unconscious upon ejection is the reason im asking.

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    • @absu69 The beacon is always either on the person or on the seat. In this case, there should have been visuals by the other jets.

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  • cause of death, pilot error?

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  • Fucking pussies, I have to ride out my plane crashes.

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  • Stupidity killed your friend and fellow brother as well as your health.

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    • @Suburban_Legend No idea how they were being stupid. Their plane had a mechanical failure and were left with no choice but to eject above super sonic speeds or hit the ocean in their jet.

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    • @Suburban_Legend The only stupidity in this post is coming out of your mouth. Those guys were doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing and they do it twice a day every day so dipshits like you can spout off dumb shit whenever you want to. So from a former 334th Eagle... Go fuck yourself.

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    • @djdjr ..hear hear - excellent summation!

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    • @evil_n00b You don't see the stupidity? Hrm, I guess you missed the part where they were pushing themselves tighter and tighter on the flying formations. If that's the case you should probably rewatch.

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    • @Suburban_Legend I think you need to re-watch it...it wasn't tighter formations, but tighter circles chasing each other as if they were in a dog fight...it was part of their training mission, they weren't just doing it just because they could. You're dumb as fuck.

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