TONY GAUNT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE,
MARTIN-MAKER AIRCRAFT COMPANY LTD.
The November lecture will take you on a fascinating journey of the origin and developments of a company that for over 67 years has been the undisputed world leader in the design and manufacture of ejection seats: Martin Baker, an international lifesaving synonym. To date, Martin-Baker ejection seats have ensured the safety of 7,497 pilots in 93 Air Forces around the world, of which 3,492 are U.S. Service-members.
Martin-Baker was founded on August 19, 1929, by 37-year-old James Martin. He invented and developed the first ejection seats in 1944-6. Since its inception, the company has recorded details of every emergency ejection. It has notes—some very detailed—on practically every successful ejection to date, as well as on some of the unsuccessful minority. From the outset of the business Sir James Martin urged his designers and craftsmen to learn lessons if possible from every ejection. This ethos helped build a world class company that has kept its preeminent place in the industry throughout the years.
Martin-Baker has headquarters at its original site in Denham, and has had a long standing relationship with the Heathrow Branch. Today, the company continues as a successful family run business, jointly managed by the twin sons of the late founder and skilfully run by an extremely loyal workforce. The lecture will be a great opportunity to hear a British Aviation success story.
We welcome both members and non-members but for security reason, registration of attendance is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events. Please register online -
or alternatively contact the Branch Secretary
Dr. Ana M Pedraz
T: +44 (0)7936 392799
Business Development Executive, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd.
Tony Gaunt spent nine years as RAF weapons technician and served in the Falklands conflict of 1982 with 1 Sqn harriers. He also worked for twelve years at BAE Systems as a weapons technician and weapons instructor and has been with Martin Baker for over fourteen years as Chief Technical Instructor and Business Development Executive.