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Cold War ejection seat relic

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    Just rescued this from a local paint ball site. Apparently it was in perfect condition when it was tied to the tree twenty years ago. Needs a little tlc now...Click image for larger version. 

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    I wonder where this came from???????


    John
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    From what i can make out a MK 3a seat was fitted to Valiant bombers!..
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    Yes, 1955 vintage with a modified 'between the legs' lower handle fitted, there were some straps and buckles in the leaf mould in the pan too.

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    Quote by guns ltd View Post
    I wonder where this came from???????


    John
    Hi John,

    It's a MB Mk 3A seat that was fitted in the Vickers Valiant one of the three V bombers in service after the war. Here's a couple of shots of one at RAF Cosford down the road from me. I don't think this type was used in any other aircraft.

    Regards, Ned.

    EDIT: You got there first this time Gooney!

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    Cheers Ned and Gunny, my first thought was Victor as it's not Vulcan (sat on one now) and has arm rests, so bomber. The '55 date threw me whilst looking in the wood. As you say, unique to Valiants. Now the fun of removing the roots, grime and tiny livestock. It still has the gun and rail attached so is a challenge to move.

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    Nice piece, I had one very similar which I recently sold as Iím selling up, well done for rescuing it! Anything else interesting at the paintball place?
    Regards Mad.ideas

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    Cheers Mr.ideas. The owner had pointed out the seat but I don't think there was anything else about, apart from the very mouldy Whirlwind helicopter it arrived in (bought from the museum at Rhoose airport when it closed, seat found inside).
    I've managed to get the launch rail and gun free and found the aircraft serial number painted on the back. Here she was in happier days:
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