When aircraft abandonment is the only option – lives are changed forever.
Since 1979, Collins Aerospace has been welcoming aircrew who safely eject from an
aircraft using SIIIS or ACES II® ejection seat systems to
become a member of our Grasshopper Club.
To those who have done it, activating an ejection seat is very personal. They
were faced with a split-second decision to be thrust out of an aircraft
mid-flight or die. It is our honor to recognize their courage and bravery. The
experience will stay with them forever.
Grasshopper Club members are invited to speak at a ceremony where they are
presented with a commemorative plaque, pin, patch and coin and the opportunity to share their story. We can also conduct ceremonies virtually or simply mail recognition items to the member if they desire. Additionally, Grasshopper members can tour the facility where the ejection seat system was
manufactured and meet the Collins employees who build them. The experience can
be emotional and life-changing for both the Grasshopper Club members and the
At Collins, we strive for unquestioned reliability – because life depends
Grasshopper Club inquiries and member stories