In years gone by the US Navy and Air Force said that the cost to train a pilot is very costly and human pilots are the main part of the aircraft. With a cost like that you can make certain the taxpayer doesn’t want a pilot to eject unless it is’absolutely necessary’ and the aircraft cannot be landed without complete destruction. If there’s a chance, even a slim chance that the aircraft could be brought back and crash landed, preventing it from being a complete loss, the military pilot should risk his/her/its life to do so, should they perish in the effort, at least they tried.
Why is this harsh statement so tough to take into account? Well, we’ve got a pansy-ass people and we do not consider the realities or common sense of the situation. The aircraft are very costly, second all that extra gear like the ejection seat adds weight and mechanism, more stuff to service, more things that could go wrong, more things to inspect, and even if a person ejects there is not any guarantee everything will work out fine anyway – odds of dying in an ejection are higher than many want to admit.
Further, if pilots don’t have the confidence to fly the plane when something is wrong with it, maybe they shouldn’t be fighter or attack pilots in which people are shooting back real missiles and bullets. If a pilot doesn’t wish to fly an aircraft w/o an ejection seat, fine fly a lesser price aircraft instead, of which our military has many.
Next, I’d like to point out that if a pilot ejects in the battlespace, he/she/it might be captured by the enemy, beheaded, drown, shot, interrogated, tortured and put on TV to demoralize the public and army, that’s not healthy to the mindset should win a war.
If the pilot crash lands and does not get out, have a self-destruct mechanism, every affordable and easy to construct and weighs very little, two detonations, one near fuel tank, other near precious weapon electronic systems – maybe even delayed until a satellite can trigger it, thus taking out the enemy in the process. We will need to consider performance and payload. No ejection seat means more bullets in the guns, additional small diameter missiles, more fuel, better range, and more seriously motivated pilots who only believe in winning and trust themselves with sufficient confidence, perseverance and will