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This is Martin-Baker's proposal for a rear crew ejection system for the Vulcan. The single hatch above the plotter was located under the tear of the canopy, so the canopy had to be jettisoned first. Once the canopy was clear, the command ejection system for the rear crew could be initiated. After the hatch blew, the plotter was ejected vertically. Hinged at the bottom of the ejection seat rail, the top of the radar's seat moved inwards along the top rail until the radar was aligned with the opening. He was then ejected at an angle. The AEO followed in like manner. It was rumoured that the pilots' seats were only then armed for individual ejections. Strengthening the cabin to withstand the forces proved prohibitively expensive though the scheme was revived once or twice.

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