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Me 262 & Ar 234 pilot parachutes?

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What type of parachute, if any, did pilots of ME 262 and AR 234 aircraft use?  Their seats don't look like they are configured for a seat-pack type parachute as in the Bf 109, nor is there a step in the seat back for a backpack type parachute as in the Fw 190.  The pilot's seats in these aircraft look like sitting with any type of parachute would be quite awkward.  Was the speed of the aircraft such that manually bailing out was not a realistic proposition?  I don't remember ever reading about any 262 or 234 pilots bailing out of their aircraft.  They seem to either go down with their plane or make a belly landing (primarily when shot up during landing or takeoff).

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The seat used on the Ar 234 and the Me 262 was identical and it was a "bucket seat" designed to take a standard Sitzfallschirm (seat parachute). The pilot was seated on the parachute pack containing the canopy. The Germans tested a "streamer"-type parachute for high-speed aicraft, but this was also a Sitzfallschirm type.

 

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HTH 

Radu 

 

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