What Happens to a FIGHTER PILOT after Emergency EJECTION:
When an airborne fighter aircraft can no longer sustain flight due to any malfunction and sure to crash the pilot uses the ejection seat to eject out of the cockpit and leave the doomed plane.
A fighter jet crashes somewhere, and the headlines read….. the pilot ejected safely. EVER WONDERED, what is leftover of a PILOT???
Ejecting is a violent event with tremendous g-forces, wind blast and all of the possible complications of a parachute landing.
In your head, you quickly run through the checklist of things that you must do before you can eject.
Then you pull the firing handles and an express train kicks you in the ass as the seat fires. Modern ejection seats punch you out of the plane with such acceleration that your body experiences 12–14 Gs (or more if you have a low body weight).
Your spine gets compressed as your butt accelerates upward while your head (and helmet) suddenly push downwards with an apparent weight of 50 pounds. There is a real risk of ruptured vertebral discs, even broken neck or back from being seated incorrectly, particularly with older model ejection seats which imposed even higher G-forces.
Once out of the plane, your body is still moving forward at perhaps several hundred miles an hour into an air stream which is basically stationary. Air can be surprisingly dense at that speed. Think of belly-flopping from the high diving board or running into a wall. Better hope that it is not raining or sleeting because that will feel like you have been hit with birdshot. If there’s hail, your visor isn’t going to stop it.
You are being accelerated vertically while being decelerated horizontally, so your body takes a battering from two directions.
You will burst blood vessels in your eyes and suffer injury to your face, despite your helmet, visor and oxygen mask. Maybe nosebleed and burst eardrums too. Oh, and try not to bite your tongue off.
The location of the firing handles is supposed to ensure that your body is in the best position to absorb the Gs when the seat fires. A retraction system will pull your legs towards the seat, otherwise you will lose your toes and possibly a foot or two. If your arms and legs flail around during ejection, you will dislocate/break something. Your head is not restrained, so whiplash injury is likely. The seat belt webbing will inevitably give you severe bruising and skin abrasions.
Fortunately, you black out, so nothing is going through your mind and you are unaware of the pain…until you (hopefully) regain consciousness floating back to earth under your parachute.