1956 ... B-58 ejection capsule

... faced with the daunting idea of bailing out of an aircraft traveling at 1400 mph at 11 miles above the Earth, the engineers of the 1950's tried to come up with a solution. The Convair B-58 'Hustler' was one of several aircraft which have attempted to use an ejection 'pod' to protect the aircrew from the harsh environment. Sadly, none of them have worked very well. Pilots of the more contemporary SR-71 and the U-2 wear spacesuit style flight-suits which, together with an efficient ejection seat, seem to provide as much protection as possible. LINK


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