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Clash with Brewer inspecting their flight plans

After some sleepless nights, it was back at the base on the second day for the flight and interviews with Fourth Fighter Wing Vice Command Col. Brian "Torch", Armstrong, and Lt. Col. Levi "Ratr", Brewer's bosses. Armstrong is responsible to the Seymour Johnson base's 6,000 civilians and airmen, plus $5.2 billion worth of assets including 94 F-15E planes. Armstrong, 46, says about his fighter pilot recruits, "We look for high-performing individuals that are able to take constructive criticism in order to enhance." My pilot definitely fits that description.

After signing a standard liability waiver, I reviewed the flight route.Audemars Piguet Replica Watches The plan was to fly to the North Carolina coast to perform G-moves, rolls, supersonic flight, and then return to land to join other F-15Es for combat drills. The entire flight would take approximately 1 hour 50 minutes and cover approximately 1,000 miles. All of that was fine with me,butI was most interestedinthesupersonic part.

Brewer and I walked around the aircraft in 1989 before we took off. We checked that everything was working properly. It was then up the steep ladder to reach the cockpit. I was in front of Brewer and heinthe, while heinthe was behind me. Before we took off, I had already armed my ejection chair, turned on the oxygen knob, and then I strapped in my helmet and mask. Brewer and me could also communicate via radio. I said a quick prayer and then took off.

Jim Clash in flight attire

Clash and Brewer in front of their F-15 aircraft prior to the flight. (Photos courtesy U.S. Air Force).

After a takeoff at 205 mph with after-burners we reached above 20,000 feet before heading toward the Atlantic. It was a beautiful, smooth ride. Below, I looked at the blanket of white puffy clouds. I was able to see the entire scene clearly from the cockpit canopy glass.

It was then time to get down to business. First, Brewer took me to four G's.Audemars Piguet Replica Watches It was intense, more so than I expected. However, I did do the "hook" pressure breathing exercises that I had learned earlier. I squeezed my lower extremities. This helped to keep the majority of my blood from leaking into my head. It also helped to keep my legs warm with the G-suit.

Brewer took me to six G's after I had taken a moment to recover. Wow. Brewer said that some people will reach ninety, while I agreed with him. I was further driven to nausea by the simple, but disorienting roll that followed.

However, I quickly got up and started to feel better. The next maneuver I was most interested was going supersonic or faster than thunder. Brewer lowered the nose of the plane, and we quickly rose to 31,000ft. We then accelerated to Mach.95. Brewer called the numbers:.973,.982,.99. I waited for the jolt as we passed Mach 1. But nothing happened. There was an audible boom outside that any ships would have heard.

Clash and Michael "Thorny", an F-15 pilot, are in the cockpit of their F-15.

We accelerated to Mach 1.2 and I didn't feel any sensation.Audemars Piguet Replica Watches It was an exhilarating ride that was smooth as glass. We slowed down to Mach 1 and noticed an air bump. A stunning pressure bubble cloud formed around the aircraft. The shock wave had passed us!

We returned to land to meet two F-15Es for wargames. Their sortie name was "Actor" and mine was "Hoax." I enjoyed the maneuvers, and was able to see the other planes wave. However, I felt a little green. I removed the barf bag from the flight suit and was ready for the worst. It wasn't easy, but I managed to keep my breakfast down. It was then a low strafing-type pass at 1,000 feet above the ground, close to Mach 1. I was able to gauge how fast we were moving at a lower altitude. The large trees were smaller than the tiny bushes.

Brewertold me when we returned to base that we had just lost 26,500 lbs.Audemars Piguet Replica Watches Of the 31,500 lbs. We had brought fuel onboard. Whoa.

Brewer signed my flight gloves as a final gesture. For a future Virgin Galactic space flight, the gloves are now placed directly above myticket. It was a great training flight with the F-15E.

Brewer signs Clash's flight gloves


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