PROGRESS: Call it an “ejection seat”?

The Washington Post reports on an intriguing new invention calculated to protect pilots of airplanes, recently unveiled in France.  It is a parachute that “weighs only 12 pounds, and consists in part of a small cannon.  At the moment of danger the aviator rises from the seat and the cannon goes off, thus throwing the parachute and the aviator free of the machine.”

It is hoped that someone will come up with an apt name for this invention.  Even better, perhaps someone will invent a parachute capable of rescuing not only the pilot, but the whole airplane.

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