|The station at Wing opened on 17th November 1941, with a satellite at Little Horwood. Wellington bombers were used for the purpose of aircrew training and first flew on 31st. August 1942. Secret experiments were also carried out with one of the most promising fighters, namely the Martin Baker, MB3.
Martin Baker (11th. September 1893 - January 5th. 1981)
martin Baker was born in County Down, Ireland, and studied engineering at Belfast University. He became an inventor, draughtsman, experimental engineer, toolmaker and fitter assemblyman.
|Captain Valentine Baker (24th. August 1888 - 12th. September 1942).
Captain Valentine Baker helped design the MB1 in 1934 and was known as a very good flying instructor. Over the next 8 years a deep and lasting friendship was developed between them. He was born in North Wales and when the war broke out he enlisted as a despatch rider, rising to the rank of Petty Officer. He gave up flying in 1934 and joined his friend James Martin in building a new company, the Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd.
|Martin Baker MB5|
The most interesting feature was it's form of construction, being designed to be cheap. It was powered by a 160hp Javelin II engine and flight testing showed no problems. The design was sound but no further development took place after it was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1938.
Housed in a hanger in Reno Stead Airport, it has a Roll Royce Griffon Dash 58 engine driving two counter-rotating propellers. They hope to fly it in the year 2001.
THE EJECTOR SEAT
|Every aspect of the ejector seat is thoroughly researched, from escape path clearance, ejection sequencing, stablization, life support and parachute to final rescue. All must work perfectly to safeguard life.The first dummy shot with the seat loaded to 200lb was made on 20th January 1945 and Mr. Bernard Lynch undertook the first " live" ride on a rig, which was 4 feet 8 inches high. On the 10th. May, 1945, the first test was carried out in an aircraft using the seat loaded with sand bags. It was succesfully ejected from the aircraft and then the next day a dummy was ejected succesfully. This was the first ejection from a aircraft in flight in Great Britian. The first human to eject from a moving aircraft was Bernard Lynch on the 24th July at 320mph at 800 feet.The whole system worked well and Lynch made a good landing, and this earned him the respect of pilots all over the world. Martin|
|Baker have saved the lives of 6,700 aircrew in 90 Air Forces to date. They have produced 69,000 seats and more than 19,000 seats remain in service today.|
After the war Wing was used as a bomb dump. There was talk of using the RAF Huts for housing but today the site has reverted to agricultule although parts of the old runways and some of the buildings still remain.
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