everything usually still works post ejection.
I don’t know if this story is all that well known, Happened well before my time in the jet, think around the early 2000’s out at Lakenheath.
Strike Eagle crew is out running the mach loop, as they are leaving the loop get an engine fire caution. Indications look like they are a legit fire. In the heat of the moment the WSO pulls the handles.
Now there is a lever in the front right of the Strike eagle, and I’m sure there is one in the tomcat as well that sets the dual ejection setting. The settings are normal, and aft initiate, with a third position that it can be put into with a special brace (for flying without a backseater). We normally fly in aft initiate, which means ejection is initiated by the back seater, but also means that the ejection is sequenced so that the back seater goes first so he doesnt get a faceful of rocket from the front seaters ejection. Normal means they are no longer linked, you go when you pull your handles.
Well the WSO had forgotten to put the handle into the aft initiate position before takeoff. So ejects himself. The pilot finds himself flying a four hundred knot convertible and thinks something horrible has happened like a bird strike since he can’t talk to his WSO anymore and the canopy is gone. He proceeds to fly direct lakenheath and lands just fine.
About 20 minutes before he gets back the top 3 desk gets a call from the WSO who landed near a welsh village and found a phone, saying that hes ejected and he can’t find the pilot. Moments later the pilot calls up home base and lets them know that he can’t talk to his WSO. Shenanigans and hilarity then ensued.