Yogi the Supersonic Bear

We all know what bears do in the woods... but did you know what they did in the Hustler?

21 March 1962: Yogi, the black bear, became the first to eject at supersonic speeds when the USAF tested the B-58 Hustler′s escape capsule. Ejected at 35,000 feet at 870 mph. Ejection was successful, Yogi's chute deployed, and he touched down unharmed 7 minutes, 49 seconds later.

The Stanley escape capsule had proved extremely effective against the high wind blast, the extreme cold and the low air pressure. In a secondary test 2 weeks later, another bear named Big John was ejected at 45,000 and at a speed over 1,000 mph!

Once again the capsule ejection was a success, and the bear reached the ground displeased, but unharmed.





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