Having been in the cockpit of an F-4 many times (check my avatar) I recall that there are seven safety pins in the seat. The only time those pins are pulled is when the pilot is actually seated and strapped in. Those pins are put back in before he gets out. I'm guessing that the pilot in your experience was just being extra cautious.I remember sitting in a F4 cockpit when I was 10-12 at an Air Guard open house. The pilot said I could get in but not touch any of the yellow handles, because it would launch. About six of them in there. There are no safeties.
While it was extremely negligent of the AF to not remove the ammo, it would take having power on the airplane in order to fire the guns. Even then, guns wouldn't be fireable without hitting a ground over-ride switch, usually in the nosegear wellThey found out later that there were still rounds in the cannons. Fortunately the kids never figured out how to arm the cannons.
I don't know about the particular airplane, but can tell you that F-4's, and presumably all tandem cockpit airplanes with ejection seats, the guy in back always goes first, and he can go singlely. However, if the pilot elects to eject, they will both go, the GIB first.I wonder why both seats didn’t eject? It sounds like the French Air Force was a bit lackadaisical about their preflight procedures... are they also lacking in their maintenance procedures?
That’s the way I think most are set up, but the article stated that the pilot seat was supposed to eject too, but didn’t. Probably a typical journalistic inaccuracy.I don't know about the particular airplane, but can tell you that F-4's, and presumably all tandem cockpit airplanes with ejection seats, the guy in back always goes first, and he can go singlely. However, if the pilot elects to eject, they will both go, the GIB first.
MY, you are young. About the same age of my youngest son. My socks are older than that.I always wonder. Hopefully so. The pilot would have to have them. It was a small C130 base. Just an open house. Of course I was 10 ish 45 ish years ago. I was pretty close on guessing though.
Good point about the weight-on-wheels switch.... Even then guns wouldn't be fireable without hitting a ground over-ride switch, usually in the nosegear well
IIRC the Russian Air Force was, at one time, offering rides in MIGs. I don't know if they still are. The price $20,000 comes to mind, but don't take my word for it. It was the only way their pilots could afford to get their flight time in.Yeah, tell me about it! Unfortunately, rides in fighters tend to go to local politicians, celebrities, and media types, not taxpayers who would appreciate and understand it...