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Ejector Seat BEARS

December 22, 2012 by  

Ejector Seat BEARS, HIMALAYAN and American black bears were sedated and sent up in the bomber by the US Air Force and were ejected at 45,000ft. A bear in an ejection capsule after landing safely TS-EX- US Air Force used live bears to test ejector seats on the world’s first supersonic bomber, it has been revealed. The animals all survived the flights but were put down afterwards. Scientists then cut them open to find out the effects of being blown out of the B-58 Hustler at more than 1100mph.

They included broken bones and internal injuries. The bombers were built in the 50s during the height of the Cold War. They were faster than the USSR’s jets at the time and was the first bomber capable of Mach 2 – twice the speed of sound. However, crews could not use the ejector seats when the planes were flying at that speed. A new system was designed but air force chiefs wanted to test its safety before letting their elite pilots try it out.

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