Dale Heenan - June '08
I'm looking for relatives of Martin who had a daughter who married into the Thompson
family and had a daughter Matilda who married John?
John McCallum - March '06
In 1953 Jimmie Martin agreed to allow me to use his
airraft, a Gloucester Meteor to makles an attempt at
the world record for the delayed parachute jump, then
held by he Russian, P.A. Storchienko. His record was
10,000 meters. Using the meteor, I ould easily exceed
Storchienko's record because the meteor copuld eject
me at 45,000 feet. If I had a free fall of 41,000 feet,
I would have had the record, which had to be 10% more
than the preceding record.
After working for ten months in Farnborough, with Dumbo
Willans as my coach, Martin decided to wqithdraw the
use of his aircraft. The reason? His insurance company
would not cover me. We knew that from the outset and
I agreed to sign a waver freeing him of liability.
In very brief, that was it. Better o have loved and
lost? I don't know.
Forty PSI writes: Whilst Martin-Baker have developed
the ejection seat to the pinnacle it is currently at,
for very much the reasons already stated, it is generally
accepted that the invention itself came from the Swedish
and the Germans. The Germans even had operational aircraft
in WW2 with the seats fitted and several were used by
pilots to save their lives.
To be fair though James Martin's work was done in ignorance of the work going on elsewhere hence
the invention itself is commonly attributed to him.
Get a copy of his biography by Sarah Sharman for a very interesting story.
This is all predated though by a RAF pilots concept in the 1930's to escape from an aircraft
using a seat with large springs.
Joe Roberts - Jan '07
Isn't it true that the ejector seat was invented at Heinkel in Germany before