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RICHARD
06-21-2003, 12:51 PM
to spend my taxpayer dollars!!!

Below is an article written by Rick Reilly, for Sports Illustrated. He details his experiences when given the opportunity to fly in an F-14 Tomcat.

Now this message for America's most famous athletes: Someday you may be invited to fly in the back seat of one of your country's most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have: John Elway, John Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity, let me urge you, with the greatest sincerity.

Move to Guam. Change your name. Fake your own death. Whatever you do, do not go. I know. The US Navy invited me to try it. I was thrilled. I was pumped. I was toast!

I should've known when they told me my pilot would be Chip (Biff) King of Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

Whatever you're thinking a Top Gun named Chip (Biff) King looks like, triple it.

He's about six-foot, tan, ice blue eyes, wavy surfer hair,
finger-crippling handshake -- the kind of man who wrestles dyspeptic alligators in his leisure time. If you see this man, run the other way. Fast. Biff King was born to fly.

His father, Jack King, was for years the voice of NASA missions. ("T-minus 15 seconds and counting...." Remember?) Chip would charge neighborhood kids a quarter each to hear his dad. Jack would wake up from naps surrounded by nine-year-olds waiting for him to say, "We have a liftoff."

Biff was to fly me in an F-14D Tomcat, a ridiculously powerful $60 million weapon with as much thrust as weight. I was worried about getting airsick, so the night before the flight I asked Biff if there was something I should eat the next morning.

"Bananas," he said.

"For the potassium?" I asked.

"No," Biff said, "because they taste about the same coming up as they do going down."

The next morning, out on the tarmac, I had on my flight suit with my name sewn over the left breast. (No call sign -- like Crash or Sticky or Leadfoot -- but still, very cool.) I carried my helmet in the crook of my arm, as Biff had instructed. A fighter pilot named Psycho gave me a safety briefing and then fastened me into my ejection seat, which, when employed, would "egress" me out of the plane at such a velocity that I would be immediately knocked unconscious.

Just as I was thinking about aborting the flight, the canopy closed over me, and Biff gave the ground crew a thumbs-up. In minutes we were firing nose up at 600 mph. We leveled out and then canopy-rolled over another F-14.

Those 20 minutes were the rush of my life. Unfortunately, the ride lasted 80. It was like being on the roller coaster at Six Flags Over Hell, only without rails. We did barrel rolls, sap rolls, loops, yanks and banks. We dived, rose and dived again, sometimes with a vertical velocity of 10,000 feet per minute. We chased another F-14, and it chased us. We broke the speed of sound. Sea was sky and sky was sea. Flying at 200 feet we did 90-degree turns at 550 mph, creating a G force of 6.5, which is to say I felt as if 6.5 times my body weight was smashing against me.

And I egressed the bananas. I egressed the pizza from the night before, and the lunch before that. I egressed a box of Milk Duds from the sixth grade. I made Linda Blair look polite. Because of the G's, I was egressing stuff that did not even want to be egressed.

I went through not one airsick bag, but two. Biff said I passed out. Twice. I was coated in sweat. At one point, as we were coming in upside down in a banked curve on a mock bombing target and the G's were flattening me like a tortilla and I was in and out of consciousness, I realized I was the first person in history to throw down.

I used to know cool. Cool was Elway throwing a touchdown pass, or Norman making a five-iron bite. But now I really know cool. Cool is guys like Biff, men with cast-iron stomachs and Freon nerves. I wouldn't go up there again for Derek Jeter's black book, but I'm glad Biff does every day, and for less money per year than a rookie reliever makes in a home stand.

A week later, when the spins finally stopped, Biff called. He said he and the fighters had the perfect call sign for me. Said he'd send it on a patch for my flight suit.

What is it? I asked.

"Two Bags."
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a man's gotta know his limits!!!


lolololol:eek:

iceyshiver21
06-21-2003, 02:04 PM
LOL!! talk about getting a few gray hairs from that experiance....

joycenalex
06-21-2003, 03:35 PM
if i had the chance i'do do it. can the flight crew hose out the mess i'd make?

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by joycenalex
if i had the chance i'do do it. can the flight crew hose out the mess i'd make?


tell you what-- you get me on the ride, i'll clean up after the BOTH of us!!!:)

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 03:43 PM
ROFLMAO


Hey, I think Biff may be my dad! lol Sounds like my rides in my dads plane when I was growing up......

It was fun. :)

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 03:47 PM
since it is LADIES first, am i gonna have to clean up after the BOTH of you?

:(

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD
since it is LADIES first, am i gonna have to clean up after the BOTH of you?

:(

lol I'd like to say you wouldn't need to clean up after me, but my call sign would probably be Four Bags.


lolololol

joycenalex
06-21-2003, 04:10 PM
i went skydiving in summer 1991. it was just like the dreams you have while you are flying. i would do it again, but the cost is very dear. it was great, just wonderful:D :D

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by joycenalex
i went skydiving in summer 1991. it was just like the dreams you have while you are flying. i would do it again, but the cost is very dear. it was great, just wonderful:D :D


should you ever get the chance GLIDE...

i almost cried.....kinda the reverse of skydiving....you dream about doing it again and again and again....


i will not balloon tho....That scares me!!!

lololol

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 04:18 PM
Rollercoasters are almost as good......and much cheaper. ;) Of course I always seem to get in line behind 'the stupids'.....:rolleyes:

iceyshiver21
06-21-2003, 04:21 PM
I prolly am the The Stupids in front of you...either that or the one behind you panicing because Im afraid of hights...and my friends are draging me

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by iceyshiver21
I prolly am the The Stupids in front of you...either that or the one behind you panicing because Im afraid of hights...and my friends are draging me

lol I'm sure that wasn't you! As long as you don't talk with your hands while smoking a cigarette and burn a hole in my shirt dangerously close to important parts! :eek:

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by Cheshirekatt
lol I'm sure that wasn't you! As long as you don't talk with your hands while smoking a cigarette and burn a hole in my shirt dangerously close to important parts! :eek:


why do i want to hear this story???

lolololol

ice,
are you smoking again???;)

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 05:02 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD
why do i want to hear this story???

lolololol

ice,
are you smoking again???;)

Because you're a man.........

;)

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 05:11 PM
Originally posted by Cheshirekatt
Because you're a man.........

;)

WELL,

thump me in the melon and call me curious!!:eek:

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 05:15 PM
Let me guess......

If there was a red button that said "Don't Push", you'd have to push it, right? ;)

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by Cheshirekatt
Let me guess......

If there was a red button that said "Don't Push", you'd have to push it, right? ;)


SHUT UP!!!

the reason my hand got hurt when i stuck my hand in the fan blades is that my friend said i couldn't do it.

what's life without a challenge???

:D

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD
SHUT UP!!!

the reason my hand got hurt when i stuck my hand in the fan blades is that my friend said i couldn't do it.

what's life without a challenge???

:D

lolololololol

It's a guy thing......

RICHARD
06-21-2003, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by Cheshirekatt
lolololololol

It's a guy thing......

THAT DID IT.....

going home to hang out with the Stupids!!!!

Cheshirekatt
06-21-2003, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD
THAT DID IT.....

going home to hang out with the Stupids!!!!


lol

I believe that's Stoopids!

iceyshiver21
06-21-2003, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD
ice,
are you smoking again???;)

opps must have been found out...wait...no I havnt been smokin' mr co--officer.....ummm it was my friends, yah I was holding it for her...oh then why does she have one too? ummmm because shes one of them super smokers...yah only these are nicotine free...yep...no no reason to go downtown.......

Loosly Based on a True Story

Only not with me

No cop...but ONE MAD MOMMMA

**Picture your momma, now mix that image with Ranbo, GI Jo, and Godzilla and theres your momma in the story....

RICHARD
06-23-2003, 07:28 PM
ice.......lol.....


don't start!



today i saw my tax dollars at work......


i was lucky enough to be invited to watch the military planes take off from the Aviation Expo near my house. I was invited to watch from a hanger about 100 feet from the runway....

an F-15 eagle taking off in FULL AFTERBURNER is loud!!!!

and a specatular sight to see......i recommend it to everyone!!

Cheshirekatt
06-23-2003, 07:31 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD

an F-15 eagle taking off in FULL AFTERBURNER is loud!!!!

and a specatular sight to see......i recommend it to everyone!!

Cool!!!

I'll look up the air show here as soon as I clear out my pm box.......

;)

Vio&Juni
06-26-2003, 09:11 AM
Originally posted by RICHARD
ice.......lol.....


don't start!



today i saw my tax dollars at work......


i was lucky enough to be invited to watch the military planes take off from the Aviation Expo near my house. I was invited to watch from a hanger about 100 feet from the runway....

an F-15 eagle taking off in FULL AFTERBURNER is loud!!!!

and a specatular sight to see......i recommend it to everyone!!

After that stupid crash in Ukraine (was it last summer or two summers ago) when tens of people were killed by the plane, I would hardly go to a show:( But I would love to fly in a jet!