Americans used drugged BEARS to test ejector seats for fighter pilots during the Cold War

Live bears were used by the American military to test the safety of the pilot ejection capsule on the B-58 Hustler during the height of the Cold War.The B-58 Hustler was the world’s first supersonic jet bomber and was first flown in the 1950’s. Due to complexities faced by the available technology at the time, live, sedated bears were used to test the ejection system for the aircraft when it was traveling at speeds up to Mach 1.6 and altitude of 45,000 feet.

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