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B-52D Pilot ejection seat


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hink441

Just obtained a new project. A B-52D ejection seat made by Weber. Needs a lot of parts and I want to try and make this one presentable but not perfect. 
 

Here are some pics. 
 

 

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Manchu Warrior

It actually looks rather presentable from where I'm sitting. That is pretty dang cool

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Nice, Does the PLT on the back indicate Pilot? Keep us updated on your progress.

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hink441

Thank you.
 

Yes the “PLT” indicates this seat was the pilot’s seat. 
 

The aircraft serial number is 55-0109. Built in 1955. Sent to the boneyard in 1974. I would like to learn more about the aircraft but that will take some digging. If anyone has info on this aircraft, I would love to see it. 
 

This seat also came with the rail. Lucky to have that!
 

Chris

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phantomfixer

Looks like all you need is a survival kit, cushion, Playboy, and cowboy hat... 

great seat...

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hink441

Thank you. 
 

Seat will need some serious corrosion control work to bust the rusted hardware. I think it has great potential though. 
 

Chris

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hink441

This aircraft was cut up in March of 1994 after sitting in the boneyard for 16 years. 
 

Photo from the internet 
 

 

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mohawkALSE

Def a nice find to find the actual pilots upward ejecting seat.  Seems most of the time people only find the downward ejecting seats.  I forget, do these older Weber seats use the MD-1 seat survival kit?   I like those original tall tail 52s with the normal noses (no sensors)

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hink441

I am not sure on the type of seat kit required.  It looks like a MD-1 would fit. I have to read up on this seat and learn about all the part requirements. Should be fun😂.

 

 

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hink441

Just added a seat cushion in the seat pan. Pretty comfortable, better than sitting on a survival kit😂
 

Also have completed a good thorough clean up of the seat. I am pleased with the progress so far. 
 

Chris
 

 

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hink441

Placed an old 1960 back pack parachute in the seat. I know it doesn’t belong there but I think it looks okay.
 

I also replaced the shoulder seat straps. I then painted the rope box and installed a new hinge pin on the rope box. Starting to look better now. 

Installed the seat onto the rail. 
 

Still have to find a lap-belt that is in better shape. 

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mohawkALSE
7 hours ago, hink441 said:

Placed an old 1960 back pack parachute in the seat. I know it doesn’t belong there but I think it looks okay.
 

I also replaced the shoulder seat straps. I then painted the rope box and installed a new hinge pin on the rope box. Starting to look better now. 

Installed the seat onto the rail. 
 

Still have to find a lap-belt that is in better shape. 

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What exactly is the rope box?  Not too familiar with these older seats but is that for like a cockpit escape rope if you had to egress the jet on the ground?

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hink441

Yes that is exactly what it is used for. Cockpit escape/egress. 
 

When I acquired the seat it had only a small piece of brittle rope left. I replaced the rope but only about 15’ of new rope was added. 
 

Chris

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