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The US Air Force Used to Test Supersonic Ejector Seats with Drugged-Up Bears

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Eric Limer -

In 1950, the United States Air Force had a new bomber called the B-58 Hustler, the first to go Mach 2. Naturally they wanted to include ejector seats to allow pilots a chance to bail out, but first they had to do a lot of testing, and they did it with bears. Bears on drugs.

 

 

A plane moving nearly twice the speed of sound required particularly robust sort of ejection mechanism of course, and the one designed for the Hustler was just that. The seats would first enclose the pilot (or testing bear) in an escape pod of sorts, which was then jettisoned from the plane with the help of rockets.

 

 

When it came to testing, the Air Force found Himalayan and American black bears to be both readily available, and fairly decent approximations of the size, shape, and weight of the human form. The bears were sedated before launch, and then ejected at a variety of altitudes and speeds. Several of them suffered broken bones and other relatively minor wounds, but all survived. At least, they survived until medical examinations that involved being euthanised and dissected, that is.

 

 

The program didn’t last too long, but this archival footage of the tests, which includes the awkward man-handling of some heavily sedated bears, is sure to make you wish it hadn’t happened at all. But hey, at least the bombs never dropped, right?

 

 

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/12/the-us-air-force-used-to-test-supersonic-ejector-seats-with-drugged-up-bears/

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Yes that is sad animal testing is just sooo wrong. Especially now with so many people on the planet I am sure they can rustle up some waste of space and test on them and leave the poor animals alone... \m/

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hmm a bear in the wild where it has to fight to live, or test these.. Where its fed good **** all the time and gets to get ****ed up,fly in a plane, and gets to go on the ride of its life

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hmm a bear in the wild where it has to fight to live, or test these.. Where its fed good **** all the time and gets to get ****ed up,fly in a plane, and gets to go on the ride of its life

 

Yes I am sure the bear's were enjoying themselves.... Maybe they should put your azz in there and see how well you like it drugged of coarse so you can enjoy it more. 8-}

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the us should test the ejector seat on that dude in bulgaria who failed an assassination attempt. that way if it doesnt work he can fall to his death and the impact of the freefall will literally bury him 6 feet in the ground. if it does work, the jet pilots can work on their combat skills and just circle around until they riddle him or the parachute with bullets. if this dude gets the death penalty, give him to america and forget about the traditional method and practice some military exercises.

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the us should test the ejector seat on that dude in bulgaria who failed an assassination attempt. that way if it doesnt work he can fall to his death and the impact of the freefall will literally bury him 6 feet in the ground. if it does work, the jet pilots can work on their combat skills and just circle around until they riddle him or the parachute with bullets. if this dude gets the death penalty, give him to america and forget about the traditional method and practice some military exercises.

 

That wasn't a real assasination attempt. Not a real gun.

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