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Heritage High School Principal Jake Jones is briefed one last time before take-off
Heritage High School Principal Jake Jones is briefed one last time before take-off

ALCOA (WATE) – One lucky person from East Tennessee was selected to fly in the number seven plane for a once in a lifetime experience.

Heritage High School Principal Jake Jones got the ride of his life after he was nominated for his influential role as an educator. When his school found he was flying with the Blue Angels, Jones said his coolness shot way up.

“It’s hard to believe, you get the email saying you’re going to go fly in the jet and then you’re actually walking on the tarmac getting ready to get into the plane, it’s just hard to imagine,” said Jones.

Before his flight, Jones was briefed and taught how to handle G-forces. G-forces are the feeling you get on a roller-coaster where your body feels heavier or lighter while riding through a loop.

During Jones’ flight in a Blue Angels fighter, the G-forces were much stronger than a roller-coaster. He was taught a special breathing technique, while tensing his stomach and leg muscles in order to force blood up to his brain so he doesn’t lose consciousness.

After his flight briefing, Jones walked out on the tarmac and helped the pilot inspect the plane. After one last briefing, the plane took off.

Heritage High School Principal Jake Jones flying in Blue Angel plane number seven.
Heritage High School Principal Jake Jones flying in Blue Angel plane number seven.

 After 45 minutes of high-speed barrel roles, loops, dips and climbs Jones was back on the ground again. He said the flight was unbelievable.

“There’s no way I could have prepared myself for this journey. Just the demands that it puts on your body and mind,” said Jones. “You’re just not ready for those turns and those pulls.”

Planes one through six participated in the Smokey Mountain Air Show. Pilot seven, Lieutenant Tyler Davis, will announce during their performances.

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