ENGINEERING FOR LIFE the story of Martin-Baker

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An in-house history of this famous company, which began by designing interesting and unusual aircraft, but made its name when it moved into making ejection seats for military aircraft.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Perfect paperback
Special features First edition
Condition Used very good
Number of pages 108
Published date 1979
Languages English
Size 18 x 24 x 1 cm
Author John Jewell
Editor Martin-Baker Aircraft Company

Description

An in-house history of this famous company, which began by designing interesting and unusual aircraft, but made its name when it moved into making ejection seats for military aircraft. This book covers both aspects of the history of the company.

 

George Edwards foreword: All of us who have been responsible for designing aircraft have always had safety in the front of our minds. Anyone who has been in the business for as long as / have will inevitably have had some painful and grievous experiences of accidents, often accompanied by loss of life. James Martin's greatest triumph was the dedication which he gave to the task of saving the lives of crew members when their aircraft got into trouble — first with the blast-off hood, and then the ejector seat. The first aircraft into which I installed one of his ejector seats was the prototype Valiant in 7950. As a result, one of my closest friends, Jock Bryce, is still alive and well.

 

Reference is made in this book to the party to celebrate the 1000th safe ejection by a Martin Baker seat. I was privileged to make one of the speeches of congratulation on that occasion. It was almost impossible, even then to pay him adequate tribute, and now that the score of safe ejections has exceeded 4,500 how can one measure what the world owes to this remarkable man? The men he saved know that they owe him their lives, as do their families, but the total debt of humanity goes much wider than that. Never at any time has Britain had a greater need of men like him than now. All that we can hope is that Jimmy himself goes on doing what he has a/ways done so brilliantly, for a lot longer.

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