Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thunderbird Pilot Gets Used To Not Using The Barf Bag

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – After years of flying his F-16, one Thunderbird pilot still remembers what it’s like to get a little woozy in the cockpit.

Major Chris Austin is one of the F-16 pilots flying in the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this weekend (Oct. 12-14), and while he’s perfectly fine executing marvelous mid-air moves, he hasn’t always been able to stomach the speed.

He explains, “The first time I flew in the back of an F- 16, I was so airsick. It crushed me, and once I got off the plane, I couldn’t even stand.”

Still, for the Miramar Air Show, Austin and his fellow Thunderbirds have prepared tricks that involve gut-wrenching speeds and some corkscrew turns, and Austin’s favorite maneuver called the “Bomb Burst,” which involves four planes crossing within feet of each other.

He remarks, “It looks like a firework when we do it. It’s the most demanding, but so much fun!”

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