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to successfully use an ejection seat to exit an airplane during an emergency situation.
Schenck cut his towline and decided to try his Schleudersitzapparat. We imagine he was quite relieved to discover that even though his plane still required some work, the ejection seat worked like a charm.
The Germans, who developed the first operational jet fighter, the Messerschmitt Me 262, led the charge in developing an ejection seat that would propel the pilot far enough away from the plane that pilot could safely open their parachute. The German word for the device was Schleudersitzapparat, which translates to "seat catapult device."
Schenck's ejection seat was one of several different prototypes the Germans were testing, and was fueled by compressed gas.
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Today in 1942, German test pilot Helmut Schenck jettisoned the canopy of his Heinkel He 280 jet fighter and shot into history when he became the first known person Louis Vuitton Speedy Celebrity
of Schenck's flight that fateful day, however, wasn't to test the ejection seat. He was testing a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter, which was being towed aloft by two other aircraft. When the moment came, Schenck was unable to start the engines because the plane had iced up.
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First successful use of an airplane ejection seat during an emergency situation
With the advent of jet aircraft, it quickly became evident that jumping clear of the plane and opening a parachute was no longer a safe option for pilot evacuation. The G forces generated by the jet aircraft as well as the speed of the Handbags Lv 2018 aircraft made bailing out very dangerous.
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