In this U.S. Naval Institute oral history excerpt, Captain Hawkins speaks about his becoming the first man to perform a through-the-canopy ejection from a jet aircraft on 4 August 1953, when his aircraft, an F9F-6 Cougar of the Blue Angels, encountered trouble at 42,000 feet.
Blue Angels Skipper, Captain Arthur R. Hawkins, USN (Ret.)
Capt Hawkins recalls performing the first through-the-canopy ejection from a jet.
By Taira Payne