Kuwait Air Force [KAF]
al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya
القوات الجوية الكويتية
61 Sqn

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 D


Tuesday 24th November 1998

Ahmed Aljaber AFB
قاعدة احمد الجابر الجوية
Captain Husain Ali Al Rashidi


Low Altitude Ejection

Captain Al-Rashidi was landing at Ahmed Aljaber AFB in his McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18D. He was part of a three ship formation and he was the number 2 aircraft to land. The weather conditions were cloudy with rain with gusts of wind.

As he landed a high crosswind hit  the aircraft and was forced to the left.

Husain attempted to regain control. The aircraft nose of the aircraft continued to veer to the left at 45 degrees and running off the runway. It was at this time that he was left with little choice but to eject. Grabbing the seat handle he set the ejection process in motion. The canopy automatically jettisoned, and Husain left the aircraft at 140 knots and zero altitude on his Martin-Baker ejection seat and landed close to the aircraft without injury.

photo via Major Al-Rashid