The Royal Canadian Air Force recently came up with a new design for an ejection seat for the CT-114 Tutor training aircraft, which is piloted by the Snowbirds Air Demosntration Squadron, and needed a way to test it. You’d might have expected them to have come up with a high-tech ejection seat testing device, but instead they just used a Dodge Ram.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Royal Canadian Air Force Officer Maj. Lonny Handwork piloted the Ram with the ejection seat mounted in its flatbed down the Cold Lake, Alberta runway at a speed of 140 km/h. The seats rocket motors then ignited, sending it into the sky before the parachute deploys and sends the crash test dummy plummeting (somewhat) safely to the earth.
According to the CBC, information gathered from the test will let RCAF engineers know if upgrades to the existing Tutor ejection seats need to eventually be made. We don’t know much about that, but we do know it looks pretty cool on video and is one of the many interesting ways to put a Ram to work.
Check it out in the video below.