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A few days later, having been beaten and tortured, images of Nichol and his pilot John Peters were broadcast around the world. The story is chronological from the early days of the seats being developed- a ripping yarn in itself, with some fantastic characters testing them- and then moves forward through several aerial conflicts, and other incidents in between. charts the astonishing and deeply moving story of military medics from the WW2 beaches of Dunkirk to the desert towns of Afghanistan today. Captured, tortured and held as a prisoner of war, John was paraded on television, provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the most enduring images of the conflict.

Please Note: By their very nature, all signed books will have been handled several times before they get to you. He devised and presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life changing experiences. In the wake of the war, that technological race to save aircrew lives using explosive seats continued at an incredible pace. While I can see that the ejectees are the focus, there was a similar slant to 'Spitfire' and particularly, 'Lancaster'- these are books that are clearly written by a flyer, about other flyers, and the people on the ground could do with a little more mention. On active duty in the Gulf he was shot down on the first low-level, daylight raid of the first Gulf War.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. No one would ever want to have to use an ejection seat, but thank goodness some people have – and have lived to tell the tale. Out of the 4 books in the group I thought this would be the one I least enjoyed, but it was fascinating and told the stories of each ejection featured very well. As a final aside, I love the design of these books and how good they all look together on the shelf!

I had the notion,” wrote Martin, “that I wanted to design things and not be employed by anyone” – a fine ambition. As with his previous books, there are some less pleasant aspects of the story that some could be tempted to ‘sweeten’, or even brush over altogether, but it seems that due respect was given to the important part played by the not so pleasant aspects of the story, which is refreshing.Sadly, although I chose it because I was fascinated by modern ejection-seat technology , it was the human stories that achieved most impact on me.

John is the best-selling author of Tornado Down, five novels, and the highly acclaimed WWII history books, The Last Escape, Tail-End Charlies and Home Run. The fact that he’d never designed or built a plane and had never even flown did not seem to deter him. I especially liked the way several airmen’s and navigator’s stories were interwoven through the book as it progressed. Lastly, as I began the book I thought that this would make for an excellent recommendation for my friend’s son-in-law who flies off an American carrier and is due home on leave at Christmas. before Monday 22nd May to be entered into The Tornado Lottery, a chance to win a colour printed large-format 4 x 6 feet banner of John Nichol's previous book 'Tornado'.

On active duty during the first Gulf War in 1991, his Tornado bomber was shot down during a mission over Iraq. Spitfire, Lancaster, and Tornado all followed the same format of using the often fascinating stories of those involved to tell a bigger story, and Eject! In Germany, Heinkel had fitted their turbojet-powered fight He-280 with a catapult seat escape system, and on January 13 1942, the Luftwaffe’s Wolfgang “Bombo” Schenck became the first man to use an ejection seat in an emergency.

For me , the amount of technical information was just about right and it was great reading about one of our leading edge companies that develops fabulous products that are sold at home and abroad. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you.

At its end I could only reflect on the nature of war and the risks we ask our pilots to take on and whether technology will advance so much that seat technology will be rendered obsolete with pilotless aircraft. You'd think that all the stories would get samey- banging out of an aircraft- but they really don't. It was partly due to the death of Squadron Leader William Davie, a 25-year-old test pilot who died after attempting to bail out of his Gloster Meteor in August 1943 – plummeting through the roof of a hangar at Farnborough – that prompted the Air Ministry finally to commission Martin to come up with a workable British system. When Jo Lancaster, the first British pilot to eject in an emergency, triggered his ejection seat in 1949, it took thirty seconds before he was safely away from the aircraft and under his parachute. It was only after Baker died in 1942 during the test flight of a prototype fighter plane that Martin turned his thoughts to designing an ejection seat.

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