Thanks to the House of Rapp, you can see (probably for a limited time) an in cockpit video of the pilot performing the “Split-S” manuver, and ejecting from the aircraft.
Two things: this is a 4.1 MB file, so unless you have a broadband connection, don’t even try it. Learn a foreign language instead.
Second: we’re looking at the pilot throughout the manuver, and cannot appreciate the ground rushing up at us, so suddenly he punches out, and it’s not clear why.
What is clear is how quickly he made the decision to leave, and how suddenly he left thereafter. I’ll bet he didn’t even have time to inhale before the ejection. Amazing.
This isn’t an aircraft crash blog, but it’s interesting to me.
Here’s the video, in case The House of Rapp elects to stop hosting someday.