Aerospace giant Boeing has released fascinating footage showing a test of ejection seat system for the U.S. Air Force’s newest T-7A Red Hawk trainer aircraft.
“Watch as the Boeing-SAAB T-7A Red Hawk successfully tests its Collins Aerospace ACES 5 aircrew ejection seat from 0-500 mph with a simulated aircrew. This test proves safer advanced pilot training for the U.S. Air Force,” the American plane-maker said in a Twitter post Monday.
The ACES 5 is the latest addition to the Collins Aerospace family of Advanced Concept Ejection Seats.
The new ACES 5 seat includes improved head, neck, arm, and leg “flail prevention,” along with a catapult that can adjust based on the occupant’s weight.
The great escape! Watch as the Boeing-@SAAB #T7A Red Hawk successfully tests its CollinsAero Aces 5® aircrew ejection seat from 0-500 mph with a simulated aircrew. This test proves safer advanced pilot training for the @USAirForce. pic.twitter.com/YeQh8pn09J
— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) May 3, 2021
Collins Aerospace says the vehicle ACES 5 incorporates advanced safety upgrades compared to the legacy ACES II, which is credited with saving more than 650 lives since being introduced in 1978.
ACES 5 selected for the U.S. Air Force’s newest T-7A Red Hawk trainer aircraft and also be installed on the F-16, F-22, B-1, and A-10 fleets.