(03-13-2013, 07:52 PM)Octo Wrote: That was probably not so cool. He should have tried the eject button.
They do have zero/zero ejection seats. However ejecting actually shortens your back a little and is not pleasant.
There is another ugly possibility. The canopy wouldn't open - if it didn't open during the ejection cycle... The canopy is over 1/2 inch thick and may be bulletproof. Saw this in Top Gun...
Successful ejection would require a rebuild of the cockpit, new canopy, etc. Very pricey way to exit a plane.
Here is another picture of our friend in no immediate danger.
From what I can tell after 5 hours they cut him out so he could take a bathroom break.