#2055: SkySnatch

Today’s invention is a way for ejecting pilots to avoid descending to enemy territory.

In diagram a) a pilot prepares to eject.

In b) the canopy is attached to the ejection seat at the top and it encapsulates it on exit, forming an airtight pod.

The pod can deploy a parachute in the usual way. If however, a wingman is nearby, the parachute is jettisoned before it is opened and the other aircraft, approaches at a similar horizontal velocity.

A robot arm emerges (c) from the wingman’s plane and docks with the pod, attaching it to the rear fuselage so that both airmen can return to base safely.

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