When concerns emerged in late 2015 that a seat designed to save pilots’ lives might suddenly endanger them, it created a crisis for British family-owned ejection-seat manufacturer Martin-Baker. Now, more than a year later, the company has concluded tests for a modification to the seat that will accommodate and keep safe all the pilots who hopefully will never have to use it. The F-35’s US16E seat is a very different one from its predecessors, says Steve Roberts, head of the ...

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