James Martin Irish Inventor of the Ejector Seat

James Martin from Co. Down Ireland invented the world’s first ejector seat. The first test of the ejector seat was held in 1945 using a crash test dummy. Later in 1946 the first live test subject, Bernard Lynch, was launched into the air landing without injury.

Ejector seats were launched into the broad popular public domain through science fiction movies and comic books. Fictional British secret agent James Bond had an ejector seat in his Aston Martin car that was used to launch unwelcome passengers high into the sky should they become a problem.

Today all military fighter planes are equipped with ejector seats that are used in times of danger to safely propel the pilot out of the plane at great velocity.