Drugged and strapped into an ejector seat, how BEARS were used as fighter jet test pilots in the Cold War

Revealed: How Americans used drugged BEARS to test ejector seats for fighter pilots during the Cold WarThe U.S. Air Force used Himalayan and American black bears to test the safety of the B-58 Hustler's ejection system Hustlers were the first aircraft to fly at twice the speed of sound – Mach 2 The bears suffered broken bones but none were killed in the tests | UPDATED: 16:19 GMT, 21 December 2012 Live bears were used by the American military to test the safety of the pilot ejection capsule on the world's first supersonic jet bomber, it has emerged. The B-58 Hustler was created in the 1950s during the height of the cold war.