The Red Arrows Pilot killed when his seat activated had always said his greatest fear was being ejected from an jet and dying at a young age.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was 36 when he was thrown from his Hawk at RAF Scampton in 2011.
A court's heard how the shackles of the seat jammed, meaning Sean was still strapped to it as it shot into the air.
Manufacturers Martin Baker Company have admitted health and safety breaches.
The hearing continues today at Lincoln Crown Court - the company are due to be sentenced.