Events Calendar 2016
|RIAT 2016||Fairford||8-10 July 2016|
|FIA 2016||Farnborough||11-17 July 2016|
|AFA Air & Space||Washington DC||19-21 September 2016|
PROGRESS BEING MADE WITH MARTIN-BAKER SEAT TESTING - 08/07/2016
Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd (MBA) expressed confidence in the company’s F-35’s ejection seat based on recent ejection test results.
“There should be no question; we are totally committed to the success of all those who use Martin-Baker safety equipment,” said James Martin, Martin-Baker’s Co-Chief Executive. “We share our customer’s commitment to ensuring the F-35 ejection seat meets the government’s performance standards across the entire spectrum of requirements to protect the men and women who fly the Lightning II.”
Low speed ejection testing in 2015 revealed an increased risk of neck injury for lightweight pilots (under 136 lbs.) as a result of the combination of seat rotation during the ejection phase and a heavy helmet.
As a result, the military air worthiness authorities restricted pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from operating the aircraft while a solution was being developed, tested, validated and fielded. That solution is now two-thirds of the way through the testing program which is being conducted at Martin-Baker and the U.S. Air Force high speed test track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
The solution to mitigate aircrew safety risk was three-fold: The helmet would be lightened while Martin-Baker adjusted the software within the seat sequencer to reduce parachute loads. Additionally Martin-Baker introduced the head support panel between the parachute risers to prevent the pilot’s neck from extending too far back as the parachute deployed and inflated.
The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is pleased thus far with the testing results. “We believe the current Martin-Baker US-16E ejection seat with proposed fixes will meet all F-35 requirements,” said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer. “The seat will provide a safe escape envelope for pilots in excess of legacy aircraft.”
Since the introduction of these changes, Martin-Baker has carried out 14 ejection tests across the speed and manikin size range. Eight tests remain with the required fixes and the program is on track to be fully qualified later this year and expect the current weight restriction to be removed early next year.
US-16E High Altitude test from MB Gloster Meteor test aircraft
“Redesigns including a head support panel and a switch that sets the parachute opening sequence for lighter weight pilots, will begin delivery this November,” said Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin’s executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program.
“We’ve conducted 14 qualification tests with the redesigned seat and we have eight tests to go. We are confident that this ejection seat meets and exceeds the requirements as outlined by the U.S. military and the F-35 partner nations.”
In testimony to U.S. Congress earlier this year, the JPO and U.S. Air Force confirmed their plans to implement these lightweight pilot enhancements.
Notes to editors
To date, Martin-Baker ejection seats have ensured the safety of 7,497 pilots in 92 Air Forces around the world, of which 3,492 are U.S. Service-members.
Martin-Baker completed the ejection qualification program in December 2010 with the Rockwell-Collins Gen II HMD. The combination of the Gen II HMD and the US16E ejection seat met all requirements and specifications without any restrictions.
JIMMY FALLON AND THE MARTIN-BAKER EJECTION SEAT TIE CLUB
The Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club is one of the world’s most exclusive clubs and is probably one of the least known. The only way to join is to eject from a military aircraft using a Martin-Baker seat in an emergency situation. As the biggest manufacturer of ejection seats in the world, over 7,463 air crew lives have been saved to date, including Jimmy Fallon’s Father-in-Law! On his show on Tuesday 31st March he spoke about the chance sighting of an ejection seat in the window of a watch retailer in London and how he found out about the Martin-Baker Tie Club, the special watch for ejectees and discovering that his Father-in-law had ejected in 1961 and was a member of this very club.
“This sparked a huge response from many ejectees and we have had the pleasure of being reconnected with hundreds of pilots and their families not just from the US, but further afield”, says Andrew Martin, Director of Business Development and Marketing. “These pilots have shared some of their remarkable stories with us and we are posting them all on our website. In fact, since the show, traffic to our site has increased by over 500% with US visitors increasing by nearly 2,000%”, he continues.
When an ejectee joins the club, he is given the distinctive tie, tie pin, cloth patch, certificate and membership card. Also available at a special price is the Bremont ejectee watch – just like the one Jimmy Fallon gave to his Father-in-Law. The watch is a collaboration between two British companies, Martin-Baker and Bremont and was put through a rigorous testing schedule including vibration testing, which is used to simulate 30 years of aircraft life. The result is the Bremont MBI with its distinctive red barrel which was the very first watch to go through a live testing programme.
Saving lives is our business and the figures speak for themselves. 7,463 lives have been saved - in itself this is a momentous achievement, however next year Martin-Baker will be marking another major milestone in its 80 year history when it will be celebrating 7,500 lives saved.
For further information on the Martin-Baker Tie Club, please visit the Tie Club Page or contact Sarah Jeffery on 01895 836 658.
For further information on the range of Bremont MB watches, please visit their website by Clicking Here.
MARTIN-BAKER COMPLETES T-38 US16T EJECTION SEAT RETROFIT PROGRAMME
Martin-Baker has completed the US16T ejection seat retrofit programme for the US Air Force’s fleet of Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainers, with the upgrade now providing crews with a “zero-zero” escape system. Production work was performed in the UK and at the Martin-Baker America facility in Johnstown, PA.
“At the start of the programme we were retrofitting at a single base at a rate of seven aircraft per month. At the peak of the programme we were installing at a rate of two aircraft per week at two bases simultaneously.” Says Andrew Martin, Director of Marketing and Business Development.
Martin-Baker was competitively selected for the upgrade in June 2005, with the retrofit programme beginning in 2009. A total of 456 aircraft were retrofitted in total.
On 19th July 2013, the US16T seat saved the lives of 2 air crew when a USAF T-38 crashed during a training mission from Sheppard Air Force Base. The aircraft suffered a bird strike causing both pilots to eject 3 miles south of the base. These were the first 2 lives saved using the US16T seats.
L-R Andrew Martin (Martin-Baker), Mr David Kitchin – SPM for T-38’s Hill AFB and Colonel Menozzi Vance AFB Chief.
MARTIN-BAKER COMPLETES 150TH SEAT FOR F-35
24th April 2014 - Andrew Linstead, Deputy Director of Lockheed Martin UK, commemorated the completion of the 150th US16E Ejection Seat for the F-35 Lightning II with John and James Martin (Joint Managing Directors, Martin-Baker) on 17th April 2014 at Martin-Baker’s facility in Denham. Seat Serial No. 00150 is destined for installation into USAF F-35A aircraft “AF-49” which is currently in manufacture at Lockheed Martin Fort Worth.
L-R: John Martin, James Martin, Andrew Linstead.
MARTIN-BAKER PRODUCES FIRST SEAT FOR AU-1 F-35
24th February 2014 - Martin-Baker has completed the first production US16E Ejection Seat for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35, named the AU-1.
The US16E Ejection Seat for the RAAF (serial number 00141) is part of LRIP VI and is the 141th seat to be produced for the F-35 Programme.
To mark the completion of the AU-1 Ejection Seat, Counsellor Defence Materiel, Mr Brian Hickey and WG CDR Anthony O'Leary, RAAF, visited Denham on 24th February 2014, joined by James and John Martin (Joint Managing Directors) from Martin-Baker.
A WWII VETERAN BESTOWS HIS 'SPECIAL' WATCH TO THE MEMORY OF HIS FALLEN COMRADES
On 30th May 1949 John Oliver “Jo” Lancaster DFC made aviation history by becoming the first pilot to eject from an aircraft in an emergency situation using a Martin-Baker ejection seat – since then, Martin-Baker ejection seats have saved over 7,420 aircrew lives worldwide. To mark this momentous occasion Sir James Martin, founder of Martin-Baker, presented Jo Lancaster with a gold Rolex watch, engraved with his name and date. This was the start of an intriguing story spanning over six decades and covering thousands of miles.
Sadly, the watch was stolen in 1975, unbeknown to Martin-Baker. Discovered in New York last year, the watch was purchased again by the Martin family. Over the years, Martin-Baker and Jo Lancaster had lost contact, but following a chance email from a group of air cadets, it was discovered that Jo was alive and well, giving talks to the cadets about his experiences during the war, particularly his ‘ops’ with Bomber Command and his famous ejection in 1949.
As far as the Martin family were concerned, it was clear that the watch had to be returned to its rightful owner and, for the second time, the watch was presented to Jo, this time by Sir James Martin’s twin sons and Joint Managing Directors, John and James - 64 years after it was presented for the first time.
As a former Bomber Command pilot, Jo Lancaster’s wish is for the watch to be used to raise money towards the upkeep of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. So, on Jo’s behalf, Martin-Baker has purchased the watch for the third time.
“This is such a remarkable story, involving a truly remarkable man”, said Andrew Martin, Grandson of Sir James Martin. “When Jo asked us to use the watch to raise funds for the memorial upkeep, we instantly decided to ‘buy’ it for the third time and donate the sum of £5,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund on his behalf,” he said.
Today the watch is displayed proudly in the Martin-Baker museum, together with the original letter from Sir James Martin to Jo Lancaster.
On receiving the cheque from Andrew Martin, Jon Heard, from the RAF Benevolent Fund said: “Since taking over the guardianship of the Memorial we’ve come across some incredible stories and acts of generosity. We are absolutely delighted that Jo has generously donated the elusive Rolex towards the upkeep of the Memorial, honouring the young men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War.”
As the guardian of the Bomber Command Memorial, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is committed to preserving the Memorial for future generations, so that the noble sacrifice of the young men who lost their lives while serving in Bomber Command will always be remembered.
The Memorial, unveiled last June by Her Majesty The Queen, commemorates the 55,573 young men who lost their lives while serving in Bomber Command during the Second World War.
The presentation took place at Princess Marina House, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Welfare break home on the seafront in Rustington, West Sussex. Picture above (L-R): Paul Hewson (RAFBF), Jo Lancaster, Andrew Martin (Martin-Baker).
FIRST MWARS UNITS SHIPPED TO LOCKHEED MARTIN FOR F-35
On 18 September 2013, Martin-Baker achieved a significant JSF programme milestone by shipping the first MWARS (Martin-Baker Water Activated Release System) flight units to Lockheed Martin.
MWARS will be fitted to all US16E Ejection Seats installed in F-35 aircraft - presently located at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Nellis AFB, NAS Patuxent River and MCAS Yuma.
MWARS enables the fully automatic release of the integrated harness for the ejectee upon immersion into water. The MWARS unit originated from the technology developed by Martin-Baker for the Automatic Life Preserver Inflation Unit (ALPIU) and Automatic Liferaft Inflation Unit (ALIU). This new device has been patented by Martin-Baker having been in continuous development since 2005. It has been extensively tested in order to meet the demanding JSF environmental requirements.
MARTIN-BAKER RECEIVES AWARD FOR SUPPORTING THE F-35 PROGRAMME
12th September 2013 - During DSEI tradeshow in London on 12th September, 2013, Martin-Baker participated in a Lockheed Martin Industry Recognition Event. Philip Dunne, Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, also attended the event. “The F-35 is the largest defence programme in the world. The U.K.’s involvement will generate billions of pounds and tens of thousands of jobs for the British economy for decades to come, with over 500 suppliers across the U.K. already contributing to the production of the F-35”.
Martin-Baker was among 12 other companies to receive an award to recognise the support and involvement in the F-35 Programme. The other companies to also receive an award included: BAE Systems, Cobham, EDM, GE Aviation, Honeywell, MBDA, RE Thompson, Rolls-Royce, Selex ES Ltd, Survitec Group, Ultra Electronics and UTC Aerospace Systems.
The JSF programme will sustain approximately 700 jobs at Martin-Baker into the future, also supporting 66 sub-tier suppliers located within 20 counties spread right across the UK.
To date, Martin-Baker has delivered over 130 Ejection Seats to Lockheed Martin. LRIP V deliveries will be completed in October this year. Ejection Seats for LRIP VI and VII have been launched into manufacture.
MARTIN-BAKER RECEIVES A 2012 BOEING PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE AWARD
27th February 2013: The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognise suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Martin-Baker maintained a silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12 month performance period, from 1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012.
This year The Boeing Company recognised 594 suppliers who achieved either a gold or silver level. Martin-Baker is one of only 441 suppliers to receive the silver level of recognition.
“We are delighted to be awarded such a prestigious award from The Boeing Company and would like to thank all the people involved who made this possible”, says Andrew Martin, Vice President of Business Development. We always strive to provide the best possible service to our clients, so this award clearly highlights that we are on the right track”.
Martin-Baker has been supplying ejection and crashworthy seats to Boeing for many years for a number of programmes worldwide, including CH-47, P-8, T-45 and the F-18.
MARTIN-BAKER COMPLETES FIRST F-35 EJECTION SEAT FOR LRIP 5
1st February 2013 marked another key milestone in the F-35 Programme for Martin-Baker – the completion of the first Ejection Seat for LRIP 5. LRIP 5 consists of 32 Ejection Seats in total. This includes 22 F-35A’s for USAF, 3 F-35B’s for USMC and 7 F-35C’s for USN.
Martin-Baker has delivered 104 F-35 (US16E) Ejection Seats in total. The 100th US16E seat was shipped to Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth on 23rd October 2012. To date, Martin-Baker has completed all LRIP IV deliveries up to and including F-35 aircraft CF-9 and almost completed the upgrades for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) aircraft fleet.
Lockheed Martin confirmed on 30th January 2013 that the 100th F-35 is now on the production line. The 100th aircraft, known as AF-41, is a CTOL variant which is due to be delivered to the USAF for pilot training at Luke Air Force Base.
MARTIN-BAKER JOINS JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
July 2012: It was with great pride that Martin-Baker was selected to represent Buckinghamshire, along with Mini for Berkshire and Vodafone for Oxfordshire, at a three counties Diamond Jubilee Garden Party in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The event was organised by the Lord Lieutenants of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and held on Monday 25th June at the Henley Business School to showcase the thriving industry and community in the Thames Valley.
Whilst the Queen visited the various charities and community groups, the Duke of Edinburgh did a tour of the companies representing the three counties, ending up with a visit to Martin-Baker’s marquee.
James Martin, Joint Managing Director said, "The Duke, a long term supporter of the Company, commented on how impressed he was that Martin-Baker continues to thrive, despite the challenging economic climate. We chatted briefly about the JSF programme and were able to show him the latest JSF seat which he found extremely interesting."
MARTIN-BAKER AWARDS DESTINI PRIMA WITH CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
July 2012: Martin-Baker is pleased to announce the second Centre of Excellence (CoE) award to the escape system maintenance facilities operated by Destini Prima Sdn Dhd, ("Destini Prima") Malaysia.
Destini Prima, a wholly owned subsidiary of a public listed company, Destini Berhad, has its offices in Kuala Lumpur and its maintenance facilities at RMAF Base Butterworth and Kuantan. Since 1999, Destini Prima has carried out overhaul and maintenance activities on over 336 ejection seats, including the: CH11A, BA10LH and IT10LK seat types. They support the Royal Malaysian Air Force and intend to support other customers within the Asian region with spares, tooling, test equipment calibration and technical assistance.
Martin-Baker’s vision of a CoE organisation is a facility devoted to obtaining the highest standards of achievement in escape system maintenance, being focused on using best practices with regards to standards, methodologies, tools, supply chains and knowledge which are considered as typical approaches to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO).
Martin-Baker has a reputation for quality, reliability, service and value in providing its customers with an affordable high quality product in accordance with customer specification and requirements for escape systems. Martin-Baker also values these qualities in its representative organisations, such as Destini Prima who carry out escape system maintenance on its behalf.
MARTIN-BAKER NOMINATED IN ‘MADE BY BRITAIN’ GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE
The hunt is on for the very best of British in the world of manufacturing and design. The ‘Made By Britain’ project was launched last year by Business Minister, Vince Cable, to celebrate the companies that really do put the Great into Britain. Each MP has been asked to nominate a company in their constituency and our local MP, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve, has nominated us! Initially the results will be shown on an online interactive map – see below link - with the project potentially expanding to a number of initiatives to coincide with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee this year.
As a nation, our view of British manufacturing is fairly ambivalent, and we have a tendency to think that nothing of any importance is manufactured in the UK. This initiative is hoping to turn this opinion around and show just how much of a presence the United Kingdom has on a global stage.
FIRST MARTIN-BAKER DELIVERIES FOR JSF PARTNER NATIONS
Martin-Baker has completed the first production configuration US16E Ejection Seat for their F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft for the partner nations. The US16E is the only ejection Seat in the world that has demonstrated compliance to the entire range of accommodation, physiological and ejection performance requirements for the JSF programme.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the first JSF partner nation scheduled to receive a production configuration Lockheed Martin (LM) F-35 Lightning II aircraft; the first UK aircraft is known as BK-1.
To mark this occasion, Wg Cdr Willy Hackett RAF and Lt Cdr Uves Wood RN from the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) Integrated Product Team (IPT) at Abbeywood, visited Denham on the 24th May 2011. They are pictured below with James Martin, Joint Managing Director of Martin-Baker.
Wg Cdr Hackett explained “Next year RAF and RN pilots will begin flying our first 2 JSF aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in the US in a pooled arrangement with the USMC, as part of the preparations to build a UK Test and Evaluation Squadron, which will allow UK participation in JSF Operational Test at Edwards Air Force Base. This will be key to ensuring the UK fully understands how this 5th Generation aircraft performs and operates so that we can eventually use F-35 at a time and place of our choosing. For a pilot flying a complex combat aircraft their Ejection Seat is, in the end, critical to their ability to safely exit a stricken aircraft and return home to their families. Martin-Baker, with decades of experience and a proven track record of saving over 7400 lives has been chosen on a best value basis, as the sole supplier of ejection seats for the JSF programme, ensuring that our pilots can fly with confidence knowing that in extremis they are in safe hands.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is the second JSF partner nation scheduled to receive the production configuration F-35 Lightning II aircraft; the first RNLAF aircraft is known as AN-1 and will also be operated at Eglin AFB. To mark the completion of the AN-1 Ejection Seat, Lt Col Jan Van Tilburg, the Military Air & Deputy Defence Attaché for the Netherlands visited Denham on 8th June 2011 and was joined by Jon Rambeau, LM VP International Programs and Peter Livingstone Managing Director of LM UK.
With the completion of BK-1 and AN-1 Seat deliveries, Martin-Baker will have completed the manufacture of all Low Rate of Initial Production (LRIP) Lot III Seat deliveries for delivery into LM Fort Worth.