ejection seat

noun

Definition of ejection seat

: an emergency escape seat for propelling an occupant out and away from an airplane

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The thrust from an ejection seat imposes roughly 14 to 16 Gs of gravitational force on the human spine; the vertical compression causes one in three ejection survivors to suffer a broken back. Fortune, "Only Pilots Who’ve Cheated Death Could Buy This Watch — Until Now," 25 Apr. 2018 In newer two-seat jets, the ejection seats are synchronized so activating one triggers the other. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About Ejecting From a Fighter Jet," 25 Apr. 2017 One of those—the handle for the ejection seat—sits by your left hand. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, Texas, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Grounds B-1s Over Ejection Seat Issue," 8 June 2018 That includes the detection and control systems, the rocket motor (similar to those used in military aircraft ejection seats), the solid fuel supply, and the dense mass that provides the kinetic energy that turns a hit into a kill. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Lockheed's Drone-Sploding Baby Missile Weighs Just 5 Pounds," 5 May 2018 Others get one for being fired out of a plane via a Martin-Baker ejection seat. Fortune, "Only Pilots Who’ve Cheated Death Could Buy This Watch — Until Now," 25 Apr. 2018 Columbia was equipped with ejection seats for its initial test flights, but escaping from an out-of-control shuttle was problematic at best. William Harwood, CBS News, "John Young, legendary moonwalker and shuttle commander, dead at 87," 6 Jan. 2018 Bernthal had just one option: Reach for the bright yellow-and-black handle of the Martin-Baker ejection seat before the jet would be torn apart in the forest that lay ahead ahead. Fortune, "Only Pilots Who’ve Cheated Death Could Buy This Watch — Until Now," 25 Apr. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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ejection seat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ejection seat

: a special seat in an airplane that is used to throw you out and away from the plane when the plane is going to crash

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