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United States Air Force Udorn R.T.A.F.B. , Udorn,

RF-4C Phantom II


23rd November 1968

Captain Mark J. Ruhling


Unusual Ejection

Capt. Bradley  G. Cuthbert in the front seat and I , Capt
Mark J. Ruhling in the back  seat.

A malfunction let the canopies go and then my pilot went out first and I  was the aircraft commander for about five seconds. His rockets scorched my  helmet and when I opened my eyes all I could see was a lot of green jungle  through his
windscreen. I re-initiated my ejection handle and that time it  worked!!  Not the way it was advertised in the book but it got the job  done.


Mark J. Ruhling , Lt. Col.USAF Ret.


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Captain Mark J. Ruhling

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