(WHDH) – Channel 7’s Nick Emmons received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he took a flight with the US Navy Blue Angels on Friday ahead of the Great State of Maine Air Show.
The Blue Angels, known for their wing-to-wing tip air formations, are the leading floating demonstration team in the United States.
“This is a lifetime opportunity,” said Emmons, who often attended airshows as a child.
Prior to the flight, Emmons took a crash course on how to counteract the G-forces during the flight, as they can be so intense that blood drains from your head and into your legs, causing you to faint.
Pilots use a technique called the hip maneuver to balance the forces, grunting and bending all their muscles in the legs and abdominal muscles to keep the blood in the head.
Emmons’ pilot, Lieutenant Julius Bratton, aimed to give the reporter the ride of a lifetime.
The beam rocketed with a G-Force of 6.1, six times gravity. At one point during the flight, the G-Force hit 7.5 during a turn approaching the speed of sound
“I think my ears touched,” one could hear Emmons say.
In the F-18, Emmon experienced high-speed flight, slow flight, and got a feel for everything you can do in a fighter jet.
“It was an incredible experience and a dream come true,” Emmons said.
Click to see a longer version of Emmons’ flight here.
To learn more about Lieutenant Julius Bratton, click here here.
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