CLEVELAND, Ohio – I may have passed out… twice. I may have puked. But this morning, I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking flight in one of the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Watch the video above to see what happened during the flight.
I was in flight in the F/A-18 Hornet for about 45 minutes, during which I experienced not only a variety of the signature U.S. Navy Blue Angels moves but also 7.3 Gs of force and more than 700 mph of speed.
You can find flight coverage on cleveland.com’s Facebook page. One Facebook Live broadcast shows me before the flight and during take-off; the second broadcast shows my landing and initial reactions.
If you want to see the funniest parts of the flight, check out the video below
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team has been around for 72 years and has 130 active-duty sailors and Marines, according to its official website.
Roughly 11 million spectators watch the squadron each year, as they perform breathtaking maneuvers, like when F/A-18 Hornets come as close as 18 inches apart.
The jets reach speeds up to about 700 mph during air show performances, although they can fly up to 1,400 mph, nearly twice the speed of sound.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels are in town to thrill fans at the Cleveland National Air Show this weekend.
The show runs Sept. 1-3 with gates opening at 9 a.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased at Discount Drug Mart, online or at the gates. General admission advance tickets are $23 for adults and $14 for youth ages 6 to 11.
Visit the Cleveland National Airshow’s website for a complete schedule of events and what you can expect to see at this year’s show.