The Blue Angels are known for their high precision, mesmerizing aerobatic shows. What is it like to be around and fly with such an elite groupÂ for a day? Simply put: inspiring.Â Maybe it’s their outstanding skill, balanced with admirable humbleness which is so inspiring, or their thorough understanding of every maneuver that must be made – or perhaps it’s just their snazzy uniforms. Either way, here is your inside look into riding with the Blue Angels.
The demonstration flight on the C-130, known as “Fat Albert,” while not on one of the F/A-18 fighter jets, it is still a thrilling flight made of both positive and negative G-forces. I was lucky enough to be invited to a demonstration flight over Seattle this pastÂ Friday, during theÂ SeaFairÂ show. The experience forces up to 2G, causing meÂ to feel up to double myÂ weight. The negative-G experience, also known as weightlessness, was (according to the cheers on-board) the bestÂ part.
Preparing for flight, we had a briefing of what to expect. On at least three different occasions, I was asked if I get motion sickness and toldÂ how to puke in a low-GÂ environment. Pro tip: remember to close the barf bag!
It was exciting, but also intimidating to hear the speed and confidence with which each maneuver was explained. TheÂ intensity and timing of every turn, ascent and descent, is planned in advance. Â While I’ve never gotten motion sickness before, and I’ve always been a roller-coaster junkie, even I was beginning to second-guess myself.