Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Unusual Attitudes

It's Day 2 at this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-in and Jeb and I were in exactly the right place at the right time last evening. We we're offered the chance to fly this morning with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team.

We reported to their parking area out on the edge of the warbirds parking area. We were introduced to our pilots and each climbed into the back seat of a T-6.

I won't rehash the whole flight but it was awesome.

This was my first experience with flying (riding along) aerobatic. I wasn't sure how I'd react, and I'm pleased to report that it was nothing but exhilarating.

We flew out in formation. Really close to the other planes. After traveling about 10 miles out and climbing to a few thousand feet, we did a formation loop, followed by a formation barrel roll.

I could really feel the G forces, but other wise it was just a blast.

After the barrel roll I realized that we were headed back to the airport, and I was actually disappointed. I was more than ready for more.

Our thanks to the folks at the Aeroshell Aerobatics Team for squeezing us in at the last moment. And a huge thanks to listener Tony who made the initial contact for us.

Check out my flickr account for about a half dozen pics from the ride.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the ride, Jack. Sounds like a blast. My acrobatic ride in a T-6 last May was the driving force behind my deicsion to finally pursue a PP certificate.


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you're ruint fer shure now. Get busy on that taildragger endorsement so you can go dirty-side-up&down&round&round in a Citabria or something.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous architect1 said...

Awsome, the formation stuff is so cool. Great photos,
I had a chance to do aerobatics and close formation in a T6 year before last which was really cool. Watch the steep turns though the thing will stall real quick without much warning.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kowa-friggin-bunga!!! That is just too cool for words! I'm sure we'll be hearing about in in an upcoming podcast!


2:16 AM  

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