The Ejection Site

Hawker Hunter Martin-Baker Aircraft Mk. 3H

These photos of a MBA Mk. 3 ejection seat are from European correspondant Mark Verbeek. The Mk. 3H shown here is from a Hawker Hunter

The early style Time Release Unit (TRU) is clear as is the slightly later version double-loop face curtain handle. The TRU actuates various mechanisms to separate the crewman from the seat after ejection. The scissor shackle release portion is quite visible in the shot of the headrest. The small silver tab sticking up from the TRU is retracted in at separation and allows the round peg visible there to extend out and allow the shackle to open and release the drogue. The drogue then pulls out the main chute withdrawal line.

The seat bucket has the classic early MBA upward front sections to contain the thighs. The cloth parachute container is the early rectangular style. The leg restraint straps are particularly evident.

3/4 Right side
Right headrest showing the TRU
Left side of the headrest.
The scissor shackle is visible standing up.
3/4 left rear view

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