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RAF F-4 Phantom II Type 7 A1 Ejection Seat

These photos of a RAF F-4 Phantom II Type 7 A1 Ejection Seat seat come from Mark Verbeek. Unfortunately, the lighting conditions were not ideal. The pictures as displayed here were edited to bring up the details, which lead to the washed out colors.

This seat is a variant of the Mk. H-7 (or, it is a variant of this seat) which I cover extensively on the following pages:

Therefore, I will only concentrate on the differences in this British version of the seat. One of the main changes is the seat bucket, which has a European style survival kit installed, along with the European integral harness. The harness is fixed to the seat and donned by the aircrew by locking the separate straps to the central harness connector, and then tightening the straps as necessary. The harness connector with its round release button is overhanging the lower ejection handle at the center of the seat bucket.

The oxygen bottle is internal to the survival kit. The yellow and black striped emergency oxygen actuation handle is on the left side of the seat bucket. You can see it just forward of the Personal Equipment Connection (PEC) unit on the upslope of the left side of the seat bucket. Due to the flash strobing off of the green anodized seat portion of the PEC it appears white on the photo of the left side of the seat. It appears the correct color on the 3/4 left view. At the front edge of the left side of the seat bucket there is a tall green unit which is the underseat rocket adjuster. The crew member dials their weight in using a knob at the top of this unit when they enter the cockpit. That adjusts the angle of the underseat rocket to have the line of thrust most directly through the center of gravity of the crew member. Just behind that, protected by a raised plate to prevent the aircrew's leg from interfering with it, there is a black knob which locks or unlocks the inertia reel. This allows the aircrew to lean forward in the seat when it is unlocked, or holds them in place during maneuvering when it is locked.

The personal recovery parachute box has a anodized metal rim on it, otherwise, most of the rest of the seat mechanisms are the same or very similar to the US versions.

3/4 Left view
Left side view
Front Right view
Right side view

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