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Chance Vought Aircraft - Spin Maneuver and Subsequent Ejection (1954)

Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation

Silent | 1954

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    With a camera set to record his reactions, John McGuyrt, chief test pilot for Chance Vought Aircraft stalled an F7U-3, putting it into a deliberate spin, from which he was unable to recover. This film documents his harrowing experience as he struggles to escape from the cockpit. With just seconds remaining before the plane crashed into the ground, McGuyrt was able to bail out, parachuting to safety. The aircraft was destroyed, but the camera, still intact, was found among the wreckage. Chance Vought Aircraft circulated the film to scientists and engineers in the promotion of flight safety.