QA12
Restoration of ejection seat

When the cockpit of QA12 was recovered from the 'playground' in Woking, it contained a, mostly stripped, Martin Baker Mk.2H ejection seat. This seat, along with several instrument panels, had been installed in order to make the cockpit appear, superficially, complete.

 

Hunter fighters in RAF service were fitted with either of two marks of seat - the Mk.2H or the Mk.3H. However, this was not always the case with export aircraft and, in the case of the FGA.78, the only seat specified was the Mk.3H. Unfortunately, this means that the ejection seat I have for fitting when restoration is complete is perfectly appropriate for many Hunters, but not strictly correct for QA12.

 

Nevertheless, restoration of the Mk.2H has proceeded and the seat is now almost complete. Unless a Mk.3H can be sourced in the meantime, it will be installed in QA12 as soon as the cockpit is ready.

Photo: Restored Mk.2H ejection seat - right hand side

Photo: Restored Mk.2H ejection seat - left hand side

Photo: Restored Mk.2H ejection seat - harnesses etc.

Fig.1: Martin Baker Mk.3H ejection seat, right side

Fig.2:  Martin Baker Mk.3H ejection seat, left side

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