Test dummy for an ejection seat, c 1960.

Richardson, Claire

Test dummy for an ejection seat, c 1960.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


Filled with water to make it as heavy as a human, this rubber dummy from the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, Hampshire, was used to test ejection seats underwater. Test dummies, animals and even volunteers were used to test equipment throughout the Cold War. Procedures like submarine escapes could be dangerous and excruciatingly painful.

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