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Flight Aboard an L-39 Fighter Jet

Waterloo, Ontario - June. 21, 2009
While filming segments for an Angry Planet episode on space travel, I got the chance to go up in an L-39 fighter jet to experience high g-forces in a real world environment. This jet, made in the mid-70's in Czechoslovakia was originally used by the Ukrainian military. These L-39's are a commonly used trainer jet and many are still in active duty in air forces around the world.
 
On my flight, pilot and jet owner Steve Miligan, took me out for some high G maneuvers including rolls, sharp banking turns and some upside-down flying. What a rush! That was, until my stomach started to protest. We eventually smoothed out the flight and sat back to enjoy the view. It's not every day you get to fly in such an amazing aircraft.
Flight aboard an L-39 Fighter Jet

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The L-39 in the hangar.

This jet is nicknamed "Miss Behavin'"

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Ready for takeoff.

A perfect weather day for a flight.

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