Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 29, 2021 8:04:51 GMT 12
The Wings Over New Zealand Show Episode 247 is now online. This episode is the second in a series called “Great Escapes”, covering stories of RNZAF ejections from aircraft that have saved lives in emergency situations.
In this episode Pete Lindsay tells the story of his incredible ejection from a BAC167 Strikemaster Mk. 88, NZ6367. He was on a cross-country exercise while training with No. 14 Squadron RNZAF on the 3rd of July 1985. While attempting to beat up the farmhouse of his wingman’s parents, he struck high tension power cables strung across a valley. The aircraft was put instantly into a spin from around 100 feet. Pete ejected a split second before the jet struck a hillside and exploded. This is one heck of a survival story.
Wreckage of No. 14 Squadron Strikemaster NZ6367, after a wire strike caused it to crash near Waiau, North Canterbury. Pilot Officer Peter Lindsay, ejected and survived. This was the first Strikemaster to be lost by the RNZAF. Air Force Museum of New Zealand photo Wg-G679-22-85
Wow what a close shave. There must also be something very surreal about one minute hurtling along in your jet then next standing in a paddock. Given how low he was no time to think about the meaning of life as you float down under the chute.
Wow, another excellent recounting of an RNZAF ejection - and very matter-of-fact too! :-)
I have always been fascinated by this particular incident; due partially to the tiny margin for safe egress that P.O. Lindsay had by the time he pulled the handle to eject from NZ6367, but also because of the successful outcome - with minimal injuries.
Great work, Dave - and another feather in your cap.