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F-18 Demise


00398-1000There he goes! So that’s what the striped handle does!

The left engine has the nozzle fully open, showing that #1 engine was developing no power.

00401-1000The white thing is the seat-stabilizing drogue chute. Notice the pilot’s head pinned to his chest from the severe “g” forces produced by the solid rocket motors in the ACES II seat. They burn for about 2/10ths of a second . . enough time to propel him at least 60 feet clear of the aircraft. Hellova ride.

00404-1000One millisecond from eternity for a beautiful FA-18.

Check out the now-unoccupied ejection seat following the aircraft to glory.

00407-1000The moment-of-impact photo shows flame shooting out of the left engine . . its “last gasp”.

There goes the seat above the fireball.
The pilot will be downing his first of several shots within the hour, soon as his hands stop shaking.

00410-1000And the pilot lived happily ever after . . .


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