The ACES-II ejection seat produced by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace is the seat installed in the F-16. The same
seat is also used in the F-15, F-22, F-117 and A-10 but has small differences, mainly because the F-16 has the
located at the right side, while the other aircraft have the
stick located at the center, between the pilot's legs.
The ACES-II is a Zero-Zero seat. That means that the seat is still capable of ejecting the pilot at a 0 kts
speed. The seat has the following parts: the case itself, the control-electronics, the parachute container
that holds the pilot's parachute, the survival kit assembly
according to the area of operation, the
emergency oxygen assembly
and the ejection mechanism itself.
The seat is installed in the cockpit in a 30 deg. angle. This position allows the pilot a better resistance to
pulled G's as the position is not completely vertical.
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