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taken by Mark
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I'm in the process of restoring
the seat so it's missing a few things here and there but for the most part is
in its original configuration.
Some of the items missing are: The
man-seat separator webbing & reel; Lower leg garters for the leg
restraints; all initiators (explosives), some aircraft/seat interface
items, and possibly the seat mounted "Suit Vent" hose... That
actually may have been removed as a mod and may not truly be
Some highlights: Seat is in
original color; Complete set of straps and hardware (original); Seat Survival
kit is correct for later seat setup (which this seat is).
One note... The parachute pack
seen in image 52 is not the proper parachute for this seat. It's a
BA-18, the correct parachute pack would be the BA-24 "Force Deploy"
which actually fires a slug in order to rapidly deploy the parachute (similar
to the parachute system used in the F-102, maybe even the F-106... Not 100%
sure of that though). The BA-24 chute was connected to the seat
itself, it was "plugged in" by the pilot once he was strapped into
the seat. The connection can be found on the left upper corner,
just above the left arm rest. Also, the parachute was not stored
in the seat at the aircraft but was worn to the aircraft by the pilot.
I simply placed the chute there to show how it all comes together (strictly
for display). The helmet shown with the seat is an HGU-26Pwith
MBU-5P mask... It's pretty accurate for the period the late model F-105Ds
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to that kind of stuff!!! :)
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