Imagine you are piloting a B-2 Spirit a few years from now. Your bomber has experienced some type of catastrophic damage or system failure. You assess the situation—it’s clear that the aircraft is no longer flyable, and you and your co-pilot need to eject. You feel confident because of the trust you have in the ACES 5® ejection seat you are sitting in.
We’re in the business of saving lives. Designing and building safer ejection seats is our calling. Air Forces around the world depend on us, and so do the families of these intrepid airmen. When an aircrew is forced to eject, they, their families, and their countrymen and women trust we did our job perfectly and they are sitting in an ejection seat with the latest advancements and technology available.
As you read this sentence, you are experiencing life at 1 G—gravity is pulling down on you at 32 feet per second squared. If you happen to be flying some aerobatics and executing a 3 G barrel roll right now, things are different. At 3 G’s, you’re feeling triple the pull on every pound of your body and whatever is attached to it. That means a 150-pound airman with 50 pounds of flight gear would experience 600 pounds of force. During an ejection, you would experience at least 8 G’s of force on your body. An additional ejection hazard is wind blast -- the magnitude of which approaches that of a Category 5 hurricane.