Video: Ejection Seat Test in Cessna Scorpion Jet

Punching out of Textron's emerging Scorpion light attack jet.

At its NBAA Convention press conference last week, Cessna showed video of its Scorpion light attack jet undergoing ejection seat testing. It's explosive footage. As I reported on my Twitter feed (@robertgoyer), Cessna plans to fly the Scorpion this year, a remarkably ambitious production schedule, and testing the seats is a critical step along that path.

The super slow-mo footage shows the seats going off, and it's dramatic stuff. It's hard not to think of what the experience would be if you were pulling the big red handle yourself.

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