Royal Navy ejector seat for sale as office-chair

When It's Gone It's Gone, an online one-of-a-kind store, is selling this Royal Navy ejector seat that's been fitted with legs for use as an office desk-chair. Not sure what the ergonomics are like (I assume that a pilot's seat has to be at least moderately comfy, though!), and as for price, it's a strictly "make an offer" affair.

Our Martin Baker Mk6 ejector seat for sale, originally used in a Royal Navy Buccaneer, has been fitted with a stainless steel frame, transforming it into the unique seat it is today! Complete with original 'chutes, harness and eject handles, the seat is guaranteed to turn heads in the office or look great at home!

The Mk.6MSB was fitted to the Buccaneer jet used by both RAF and Royal Navy. This seat in particular was fitted to XV157 which flew first with the Royal Navy from '66, including operating from the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle (where its was coded 107/E) and RAF squadrons from '69. XV157 was sadly scrapped in '91, at which point this seat was removed and converted to a training seat.

The ejector seat has been kept in its original authentic condition to preserve its' history; parts are original to the chair, including straps, parachute, seat cushion and handles. Paintwork has been kept as the original. Rockets are present - including pitch rockets - minus cartridge and propellant.

(via Crib Candy)


  1. DO WANT!

    Apart from anything else I love the stark, functionality of it. And the Buccaneer is quite lovely a/c.

    (By the way, my understanding is that they’re quite remarkably UNcomfortable. The padding is pretty much non-existent, because the forces of ejection would tend to break pilots even more if there was much give. But that’s ok, because they’re typically occupied by highly motivated, very fit young men doing what they love, and who don’t mind a numb arse if it means they get to fly the world’s best a/c)

  2. Placing it under the office skylight and telling prospective  job candidates to sit in it (“Are you properly strapped in? Ok, let’s start.”) has the potential for a very entertaining interview!

    1. “Good idea to double-check and make sure that the propellant’s really gone. ”

      Indeed. Back in the 60’s my father worked as an air traffic controller in London, Ontario. A young woman who worked with him managed to get an ejector seat from some RCAF jets that were being scrapped, intending to use it in her apartment. The propellant had been removed, but someone had neglected to remove the cartridge that ignited it (a blank rifle cartridge IIRC). As she was cleaning the seat on her balcony, she tugged at a wire. Lost two fingers.

  3. I can confirm that these things really are very comfy. I seem to remember that it’d be a bit more reclined than the average office chair, though – you might have to reach for your keyboard a bit. Not exactly easily adjustable, either.

  4. Ejector seat office chair, huh?

    Perfect for a wall street executive if the peasants get a little too unruly!  Does it come with a golden parachute?

  5. “This meeting is over! And Richardson, I want those figures sent to my phone before I get down past the 15th floor!”

     *rip* BANG *CRASH**foomp*

  6. I assume that a pilot’s seat has to be at least moderately comfy, though!
    This is Royal Navy we’re talking about, so I don’t think that’s a totally safe assumption.

    But who cares? It’s the most badass seat ever.

  7. A fascinating cold-war relic but I would suggest that an office adornment like this would tend to diminish confidence in executive leadership.  What message does this convey other than “when the going gets tough I’ll bailout.”

  8. I don’t think it would be that comfy, especially since it doesn’t look like it moves reclines at all. But it would kick ass to play flight simulator games.

    Fun fact – I have a bolt that holds in the seat of an SR-71.  Hmm – maybe BB can help me. The bolt exterior is a shiny chrome. The threads are gold colored. I thought it might be real gold to help insure a good connection for the bolt explosives. But the gold color just doesn’t look right to be real gold. Any idea what it could be made of?

      1. It DOES make everything sound cooler. I had titanium glasses that lasted FOREVER.

        Anyway – no that can’t be it. Making threads extra hard would just wear out what it is screwing into. Looking at it, and I can’t find any bolts with threads made of the stuff. They have some where the head and/or shaft are plated. Also, I found out they make AR-15 bolt carriers with the stuff.

        I was hoping some air plane mechanic/nut might chime in.

        Also cool about it – the bolt has its own serial number.

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