INSPIRATION

 
Flying Officer Peter Dudgeon was a pilot serving with Number 208 Squadron and became concerned that the effect of the airstream on their new, faster Armstrong-Whitworth Atlas, would hold aircrew in their seats, so making a conventional escape from a crippled aircraft more difficult and sometimes impossible. So our ingenious Mr Dudgeon came up with the brilliant idea to put the escapee into a position where climbing free of the aircraft was easy and he would bale out - an early form of ejector seat.

Flying Officer Peter Dudgeon was a pilot serving with Number 208 Squadron and became concerned that the effect of the airstream on their new, faster Armstrong-Whitworth Atlas, would hold aircrew in their seats, so making a conventional escape from a crippled aircraft more difficult and sometimes impossible. So our ingenious Mr Dudgeon came up with the brilliant idea to put the escapee into a position where climbing free of the aircraft was easy and he would bale out - an early form of ejector seat.

Gherkin