Friday, December 15, 2017

Bernard Lynch, BEM, Martin Baker

Bernard Lynch has always been a hero of mine for cold-blooded courage in being the first man to test Martin Baker's prototype ejection seats.

Great video from the Smithsonian Channel.

Though not noted in the video, he was rightly awarded the British Empire Medal for his work.
(The RAF pilot style moustache clearly deserved an award of its own, it's another example where the hero wasn't a pilot, not was a member of the air force, but a civilian technician.
And another note, illustrating the dangers of reporting: a journalist from The Aeroplane was hospitalised with crushed vertebrae after trying out the rig for himself.)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the item on Bernard Lynch. He was my father and died in 1986. I am coming to UK from Australia to try and trace the family. I believe he and his siblings lived in High Wycombe but have be unable to contact. Cheers Danielle Osborne. If you have any info please contact me on