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F-111A Escape Module

Note: This artifact has been moved to storage.

This cockpit crew escape module on display is the first one ever used to save the lives of its occupants. On Oct. 19,1967, two General Dynamic contractor pilots flying F-111A (s/n 63-9780) over Texas were required to eject the module when the plane experienced complete hydraulic failure and became uncontrollable. 

Ejection was made at 28,000 feet and 280 knots air speed; the two occupants remained in the module as it parachuted to earth and were not injured. In contrast to the one-man escape capsule that was installed in the B-58, the complete cockpit section of the F-111 separates from the plane's fuselage and is lowered safely to earth by parachute.


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