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13/01/1942 The first use of aircraft ejection seat

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How Do Ejection Seats Work? - Brit Lab

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Pilots Eject From Fighter Jets at Last Moment

The ejection seat vas patented in 1916 by British inventor Everard Calthrop. Later it was improved by Romanian inventor Anastase Dragomir in the 1920s. It was however not used until World War 2. The first aircraft equipped with the seat was German experimental jet Heinkel He 280. Test pilot Helmut Schenk was first who used it to save himself after his control surfaces iced up and became inoperative.