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Blue Angels take Marco Villarreal for a hair-raising ride ahead of AirFest

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s not every day, nor any person that can take a flight with one of the elite flight teams in the country.

In advance of the Tampa Bay AirFest this weekend, Marco Villarreal went on a ride with the Blue Angels. It’s been 8 years since the last time they were in Tampa Bay and they showed him what it takes to be the best of the best.

It’s the sound and the sight fans around the world know it well. The blue and yellow FA-18’s are a sight that leaves everyone impressed!

The Blue Angels will be taking their show over Tampa Bay during AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base.

After a quick training some tips on breathing and putting a flight suit for the day, it’s time for Marco to go for a spin.

Climbing aboard, he is strapped in, and it’s time to kick the tires, and light the fires.

Llt. Andre Webb wastes no time. During takeoff, the the jet shoots up 8,000 feet in a matter of seconds.

Then, 18,000 feet over Tampa Bay they do it all, the plane goes vertical, rolls, inverted, and even breaks the sound barrier.

Then comes the dreaded G-Force. Marco never passed out, but came close!

“I think you did just fine. 7.2 G’s there in the break coming in to land, 45-ish minutes there in the jet, not the coolest day out here, so you stayed with me the whole time. Did you have fun?” asks Lt. Andre Webb, the pilot on the flight.

Marco calls it one of most intense and wonderful things he’s ever done.

The Blue Angels will perform this weekend at MacDill Air Force Base for the Tampa Bay AirFest. Find all the information you need here.

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