“Capsule ejection system for passenger aircraft
EP 1110861 A1
Nowadays, travelling by airplanes has been well established, and air accident rate is on the whole very low. However, as the number of air flights increases, accidents with the fatality of more than one hundred people have occurred. With the occurrence of such accidents, it poses fear to tens of thousands of air travellers that catastrophe may fall upon them in any flight…the crux of this invention is to provide means for blasting the airplane body apart in an accident so as to enable separate passengers cabin sections to break away automatically from the airplane. The break away passengers cabin sections will formed independent sealed units similar to unhitched train carts passing through a tunnel so as to protect the passengers who may remain sitting in each cabin..the fear of billion of air travel passengers would be dispelled.” (via)
“Hybrid emergency ejection system
US 20110233341 A1
An emergency escape sequence for a commercial aircraft is shown. Individual pods that are separable from the aircraft are ejected individually, following the separation and ejection of the upper cabin from the fuselage. Parachutes are deployed to assist in the safe descent of the pods. Airbags are also deployed to soften the landing and provide flotation in case of a water landing.” (via)
“Ejection escape system for a passenger airplane
US 6695257 B2
An ejection escape system for passenger airplane that there is a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover, the right top cabin cover with the airplane body, there is also a locking mechanism at the connection of the left top cabin cover and the right top cabin cover, the passenger seat is an ejection escape seat, the switches for the locking mechanism and the ejection escape seat are installed in the cockpit, where the pilot can turn on the locking mechanism switch to open the left and right top cabin covers and turn on the ejection escape switch to eject the seat out of the airplane through the opening of the left and right top cabin covers.” (via)
The proposed OSCAR (Optimum Survival Containment And Recovery) emergency escape capsule, developed by by Chance Vought and initially modeled around the actual cockpit section of a Vought F8U Crusader.
Art via the Secret Projects Forum. A low-res article - including photos of the mockup - can be found here, in the October 1961 edition of the Naval Aviation News. A patent relating to the project can be found here.
the Martin-Baker “swing arm” concept, circa 1944, designed to assist pilots to vacate their aircraft at high speeds. the concept did not pass beyond the model stage - which still exists to this day in the Martin Baker factory in Denham.
(art from “Unknown #2”, by Justo Miranda and P. Mercado. available for download via Scott Lowther’s Up-Ship.com. Photo courtesy of Martin Baker - and e-mailed to me absolutely aaaages ago..)
Please allow me to wax lyrical for a bit.
This is taken from “Where Eagles Dare”, a short story in Hoshino’s speculative/fantastical WW2 manga work “The Temple of El Alamein”. The story concludes with an encounter between a Messerschmitt Me 262 and Boeing B-29 Superfortress - something that never happened during the war.
(Other chapters involve, pyramids, dinosaurs, wicker men, and why Germany never actually invaded the United Kingdom…)
Hoshino also did “The Sea of Fallen Beasts”, which has stories along similar lines - but he is best known for his character Professor Munakata (the slightly disappointing - despite featuring airships - Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure being the only work released in the west), and also his science fiction works - of which the following needs mentioning:
2001 Nights : One of my favourite works of science fiction of all time, across any medium. I cannot stress enough how much these stories - starting in the SDI era and then into mankind’s journeys to the stars - have affected me over the years. The series was published in the US in the mid-90’s, and is bottomlessly recommended. Hoshino released a sequel of sorts - 2001+5 - in 2006, but it has yet to be translated into English (legally or not) UPDATE: “scanlated” here
art from the highly agreeable-looking “PROJECT TERMINATED - Famous Military Aircraft Cancellations of the Cold War and What Might Have Been”, by Erik Simonsen, Speciality Press