As you know, I enjoy flying, probably more than I should. You can imagine my surprise and happiness when I recently got a chance to fly a specific, non-commercial, multi-engine jet. Yes!
I’ve been learning how to fly it in the recent past (one of the reasons why I haven’t been writing as much as normal or taking as many photos), but I didn’t want to mention the possibility of flying it until after the flight occurred. Didn’t want to jinx myself.
I can now report that I had a wonderful time! The jet was an F-15 variant and it was nothing short of amazing! The rate of climb was fantastic, the maneuverability was outstanding, going supersonic was amazing, and I’m going to run out of superlatives if I keep going.
In short, all of the work and practice paid off. I’m not ready to join the Thunderbirds and fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, also known as the Viper. The F-15 Eagle is an Air Force plane. The Navy and Marine pilots in the Blue Angels fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
I can happily report that flying an updated F-15 allowed me to check an item off my bucket list. I still can’t believe people get paid to fly those things. They should pay us for the opportunity to put smiles on their faces that last days before they fade.
As a matter of history, the F-15 Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972. It’s (roughly) 64 feet long with a 43-foot wingspan. It was purpose-built to be an air superiority fighter. It has a capable airframe and allows for some pretty awesome things to be done at relatively little cost. As you can tell, my flight left quite a favorable impression!
As you’d expect, I’m trying to wrangle a chance to fly another jet that isn’t usually available to the public. I have high hopes that I’ll be able to convince the people who need convincing that I won’t dig a hole with it. Only time will tell.
While I work on that, if you happen to see me in my day-to-day routine, you’ll know why I have such a huge grin on my face! It was awesome!
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As always, thanks for your continued support!