From kit to cockpit - the F-16's life support and escape system
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The life support and escape system for a pilot has multiple facets and is maintained between two flights: the Aircrew Flight Equipment and Aircrew Egress Section. Starting in the AFE building, a survival kit and parachute is laid out, meticulously inspected and sewn to a harness before being packed into a container and sent to the egress section. Once received, the egress team will install the survival kit into an F-16 Fighting Falcon's seat and attach the parachute container into the headrest, along with the installation of the seat's propulsion system. Upon completion, the egress team will then use an industrial crane to load both the seat and canopy into the framework of the aircraft and send it on its way to the next mission.