- 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.