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How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 5:49 am

I tried to see if this topic has been discussed, but came up empty handed.

Has anyone had the pleasure of riding in a figher jet, ie..F15, F16, Falcon ect..? How does it feel when the pilot is doing all of those manuevers (flips, turns, drops, ect..)? Can you tell when you are upside down?

If I want to experience this, how do I go about doing this, and what are the requirements?

I'd like to ride in one just to see what it is like. Big thumbs up
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 11:12 am

You can go to Russia, and for a reasonable amount of money you'll get to ride in the L-39 and MiG-29UB. Anyone has more up-to-date info on this practice?
Hope it helps.

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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 2:12 am

In fact, there are several L-39s in the United States, and I have the happy coincidence of being related to the owner of one of them, and was therefore able to go for a flight. It's a very different flight from an airliner or private plane. Taking off, you go VERY fast in a very small plane, and when you take off you leave the ground like the sun pulls you. As for the manuvers, it's actually more uncomfortable then you would think. Positive Gs feel like something pressing against your stomagh from above, that you are lifting a very heavy weight using both your body and your arms. But it's great fun anyway. Weightless flight might feel pretty weird, but I was having too much fun to notice it. As I recall, it felt exactly like normally, except if you toss a pen/lighter/small furry creature up then it continues on whatever path you set it on (if you toss it up, it'll go up until it bounces off the canopy), and one of the pens I used actually floated behind the ejection seat. Everything is just slightly different feelings. Is it worth the money to buy a ride in one of these planes, I don't know, but I know that it's most definately worth a try if you can find someone that will take you up for free. There are a lot of people who fly aerobatic-certified planes that will be happy to take you up just for the fun of it. Ask around at the local airports, and good luck!
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 3:49 am

Thanks guys!  Big thumbs up

CannibalZ3,

Did you take any pictures from up there? Must have been cool to see what the earth looks like being so high above it. I hope I can experience this without having to travel way to Russia. I also hope I am in good enough shape for such a thrill ride.
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 7:39 am

I think those Mig-29/Su-27 flights cost about $15000 hehe...a little past my price range...

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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 12:13 pm

$15,000!! Oh my goodness!!

Hopefully, there is a simulator around some where 'cause I don't have that kind of dough at the moment.
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 5:38 pm

I've had the pleasure of riding in the Swedish AF's military trainers, the side-by-side SAAB 105. As you can guess, everything up there is happening really fast - and that's even more true when flying at almost ground/sea level. However, the high g's can make you feel very uncomfortable, and it's a really shaky business.

I will post in-flight photos of the aircraft on my homepage soon (once I've got my scanner working).

http://www.daniel-k.com/aviation/
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Wed Aug 01, 2001 1:56 am

Daniel-k,

Cool!  Smokin cool
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 3:27 am

Climbout.
I have many, many pictures, and as soon as I can get around to it, I'll load them on. The L-39 I rode is based at RDU (Raleigh, North Carolina), and is arguably the coolest plane there. I haven't actually seen spotters out at RDU (although this site has some pictures from there), but I imagine that for many people this would be a highlight-very unusual plane to see.
As to simulators, there are many that are so advanced that a pilot can log time spent in one. A friend of mine, while getting type-checked in a Citation, actually attempted a split-S in one of those.  Smile not manuverable enough I guess, he said the simulated wings came off partway through.  Acting devilish
 
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 11:16 am

Flown in a few high performance aircraft. The amount of sweat is incredible, the High G's have at times made this little chappy a bit green and not too well and the G suit hurt like hell in a tight turn. But known of them where the aircraft you mentioned  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: CannibalZ3

Fri Aug 03, 2001 11:52 am

Hehe.. i did a Split S in an NW 747-400 full motion sim during some training in June... that was a hoot!
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RE: How Does It Feel To Ride In A Fighter Jet?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 12:00 am

It's gonna be so cool to see CannibalZ3's pictures.

Glenn, I wondered about that too. I would be kinda embarrased if I got sick after the trip. I don't think I would eat any breakfast.

You know guys, the more I think about it, the more I say I wanna do the real thing instead of a simulator. I can only imagine the awesome view of seeing the earth from so high up, especially right at dusk. I heard that MIG jets can go up about 80 thousand feet. That is almost outter space. Cool!

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