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Lockheed P-80 & T-33 Ejection Seats

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Lockheed P-80 Ejection Seat

 

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P-80 Ejection Seat

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P-80 Ejection Seat

 These photos of a Lockheed P-80 seat come from my personal collection. They are unmarked as to the date and type of seat. After studying them, we have identified them as a Lockheed P-80 seat due to the similarity to the T-33 seat. There are a few differences that are of note. Click on these photos for larger scans.

The firing handles/armrests are an early style.

There is no canopy breaker fitted (the T-33 used a curved plate type)

The headrest is a stamped metal version with no padding on it. The seat beam assembly is covered with the aircraft rails in these photos, which is unusual. One side, the right, does not appear to have an operating handle.

 

 

Lockheed T-33 Ejection Seat

 

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T-33 Seat

 The Lockheed T-33 was equipped with this seat. It is typical of the early USAF seats with its armrests and loop style ejection handles. The seat was modified several times over its career, and the one shown is an early one, however it does include the automatic separation. The parachute shown is an S-2 which was used in the very early versions. Later versions would use the SA-20 parachute. The lap belt was not available when these photos were taken. Later versions also were fitted with canopy breakers.

 

Courtesy of  KEVIN M. COYNE

 

 

 

 

   

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