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Lancaster Bail-Out

Lancaster Bail-Out
Author: SJCOCKBAIN (Guest)
Time Stamp:
13:50:44 16 January 2003
Post:
Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to describe what the bail-out would be like in a Lancaster bomber? My Grandpa parachuted out afterbeing shot down on the 23/24 March'44 on ND351 OF-P. Where would the Navigator normaly parachute from and if coming out the FWD nose hatch would it not be possible to be hit by the aircraft or propellors?


RE: Lancaster Bail-Out
Author: Chris_Kanca
Time Stamp:
15:41:35 16 January 2003
Post:
Technically, since the forward escape hatch is located along the aircraft centerline, a person abandoning the aircraft would be clear of the props. This assumes a controlled bailout situation.

If the aircraft were in a spin, and depending on where the center of rotation was, centrifugal force could (and did) pin people to floor, ceilings and sides. Also, if the aircraft was in a skid, the possibility of hitting one of the props increases.

I'm not sure of procedure, but the rear crew door would probably be the safest place to exit.


RE: Lancaster Bail-Out
Author: Tony Fleming (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:31:17 16 January 2003
Post:
As luck would have it I have I have a sheet that my Father had (Lancaster Pilot) from WW2, entitled "Lancaster parachute drills normal and emergency proceedure" If you would like to give me your email address I will scan it and send it to you.

Regards Tony Fleming. (tonyfleming.A T.hotmail.com)


RE: Lancaster Bail-Out
Author: Tony Fleming (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:26:32 18 January 2003
Post:
Stuart I tried to send you a message but Hotmail says you have exceeded your storage limit. Can you delete some stuff?