for Pilots and Aircrew who ejected or used a parachute
extraction system or other forms of assisted aircrew escape
Full Name of the Person who ejected / baled-out
Jack Paul Carrodus
Rank at the time of the ejection
Age at the time of the ejection / bale out
Date of the ejection / bale-out
May 21, 1959
Time of the ejection / bale-out
Air Force You Were With
Type and Make of aircraft you ejected / baled-out
McDonnell Douglas - RF-101
If a multiple place aircraft who were the other
members of the crew, their name, rank, unit, and what
happened to them?
Serial / Werke / Bu.No. Airframe Number of Your
Unit or Group Aircraft belonged to
Shaw AFB, South Carolina in route to 66th
TRW, Loan Fr.
Coding Carried by aircraft (Tail Codes / Modex /
Special Markings etc.)
Call sign you were known by that day
High Flight Charlie
Base you flew from / were attached to
Took off from Kindley AFB,
Bermuda/attached to Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC - PCS to France
Height of your ejection / bale-out
Airspeed at which you ejected / baled-out
450+ knots approximate
Attitude of aircraft at time of ejection / bale-out
Relatively straight and level
Location you ejected / baled-out – Name of Country,
Area, Town. Village etc
35' 03" N - 47' 37" W essentially over the
middle of the Atlantic Ocean
Type of terrain you ejected / baled-out over
Weather conditions at time of ejection / bale-out
25,000' Overcast - basically CAVU
Was the ejection bale-out in Peacetime / Conflict
Non-Combat / Conflict Combat?
Did you initiate the ejection / bale-out yourself
(or in the case of ejection seat aircraft were you ejected
by a command ejection) or was it inadvertent and if so what
Self initiated ejection
Did you jettison the canopy or was ejection /
bale-out through the canopy?
I jettisoned the canopy
Did you experience any difficulty in ejection /
bale-out / parachuting e.g. seat separation, tumbling,
The survival kit came loose and was
lost-stitching was rotted. Parachute opened at 38,000'.
Did you suffer any injuries prior to, during or after
ejection / bale-out and what were they caused by?
At the time of bailout I was showered with
fluids (jet fuel/hydraulic fluid) and suffered severe frost
Did you experience temporal distortion where time
appears to extend? If Yes could you briefly describe the
Ejection knocked me unconscious. I regained
consciousness in a cloud with a loud ringing in my
feeling or sensation was that
of being in another environment or world. My thoughts were
if this was Heaven, the choir sounded awful and it was
extremely cold, too cold to be Hell.
did you in your ejection experiences ever have what
several pilots told me – a sensation that they were outside
of their aircraft witnessing the events as they unfolded – I
suppose what would be called by some as an “out of body
experience” – or have you ever spoken to other ejectees /
egressees who mentioned such a phenomenon?
I thought I had died.
What ejection seat / parachute make / mark did you
use and do you know type of parachute used? (e.g.
Martin-Baker GRU-5, Irvin 1-24) Weber ejection seat
and parachute made by Switlik, Trenton NJ.
“Could you please give a running account of the
episode, including events leading to the incident (omit
any information you consider inappropriate or classified),
aircraft damage, events prior to ejection, any
communications, ejection / bale-out factors, descent and
survival.” Collision with another aircraft.
question is based on one from an official USN form –
AVIATION COMBAT CASUALTY and I can find no better way of
asking the question. (any information “for background
information only” should be clearly marked and will be
treated as such)– Write this answer in whichever way you
feel best suits you – one French Test Parachutist gave me
details of the waiting around, smoking, having cups of
coffee, what he ate before the test, the place he had the
meal, the weather, the atmosphere, his feelings of
apprehension not fear. Then the getting ready for the
flight, the getting into the aircraft, the take-off the
flying around, the countdown, the ejection and how time
stretched, how he remembered his thoughts and how his body
felt. Another pilot told me of the parachute descent and the
landing, who reached him, their and his reaction, another
told me of knowing he’d hit the airstream at too high a
speed and his subsequent injuries – there is no one correct
way to answer this. It is a highly subjective question and
highly subjective answers are appreciated. Many of the best
quotes I have on record come from these memories. Answer
this question how you feel best.
If you would prefer to audio tape this instead please let me
know and I will forward you a blank cassette. All I ask if
you do tape your memories is to SPELL out names and places
so I can be accurate in typing them. Please also indicate
any Callsigns or acronyms used. I know quite a lot through
my researches over the years but I’d be happier if you
assume I know nothing and explain them)
Do you have any photographs of yourself around the
period of your ejection / bale-out and now (a then and now
to give a historic perspective within the file) that I can
obtain quality copies of (if scanned at least 300 dpi)?
Will search my albums.
Ditto your aircraft before, and if possible after
the ejection / bale-out.
Do you have xeroxes of any documentation concerning
your ejection / bale-out that I could have copies of –
reports – newspaper clippings – magazine articles –
commendations – etc.
Yes-will send via postal Article in FlyPast
magazine dated August 2000 called "VooDoo Eyes" written by
Doug Gordon. Also USAF Aerospace Safety dated July 1965
Do you have any information as to any other ejection
or ejectee or “caterpillar member”?
Was this your only ejection / bale-out? If no could
you please fill out a similar form for each ejection /
Do you know if your ejection caused any alteration to
either the system or amendments to the safety training
Yes, all survival equipment was checked for
quality. My survival equipment was determined to have been
and the stitching had rotted.
Could you indicate by a simple YES or NO if you object to
copies of this information being held on my data base
Feel free to ask questions or
Sincere thanks for taking the time to fill in this form
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