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A few days later, having been beaten and tortured, images of Nichol and his pilot John Peters were broadcast around the world. Captured, tortured and held as a prisoner of war, John was paraded on television, provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the most enduring images of the conflict. You'd think that all the stories would get samey- banging out of an aircraft- but they really don't. It was partly due to the death of Squadron Leader William Davie, a 25-year-old test pilot who died after attempting to bail out of his Gloster Meteor in August 1943 – plummeting through the roof of a hangar at Farnborough – that prompted the Air Ministry finally to commission Martin to come up with a workable British system.

On active duty during the first Gulf War in 1991, his Tornado bomber was shot down during a mission over Iraq. Out of the 4 books in the group I thought this would be the one I least enjoyed, but it was fascinating and told the stories of each ejection featured very well.begins with Nichol interviewing Lancaster, whose story serves as an important reminder that, as well as being a book about engineering, this is fundamentally a book about “what it means to be given another chance”. Packed with interviews with aircrew who know exactly how it feels to 'Bang Out' from an aircraft at high speed, both in peace and in war, the book gives the reader a vivid sense of what that life-saving experience feels like, but also features the moving accounts of what happens next, from the viewpoint of both the crews and their families, who often have little or no information about whether or not their loved ones have survived. Please Note: By their very nature, all signed books will have been handled several times before they get to you.

In Germany, Heinkel had fitted their turbojet-powered fight He-280 with a catapult seat escape system, and on January 13 1942, the Luftwaffe’s Wolfgang “Bombo” Schenck became the first man to use an ejection seat in an emergency.He has taken the time to let the reader know that he has taken that ride, but hasn't fallen into the trap of the book being about him. This rather begged the question of whether the human body could in fact withstand the force of the explosion. charts the astonishing and deeply moving story of military medics from the WW2 beaches of Dunkirk to the desert towns of Afghanistan today. is fuelled by dramatic, deeply moving and previously unheard first-hand accounts by ejectees and their families.

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