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December 21, 2010

Birthday flight ( or birthday roll . . .aerial roll, loop )

_OZI7464Sonnyphotos So for my birthday, Jacs & the kids managed to surprise me yet again, with a drive out to Camden Airport for a joy-flight, well, no , an aerobatic flight, last chance to see me in one piece, best take a photo as I sit in the back , strapped in tight ( Belle looks more excited than anyone ) _OZI7467Sonnyphotos Jacs ( wearing Michael Angel ) telling the pilot to make sure he brings me back :-) _MG_4804JacquiTurner The pic Jacqui just took off me, as we are ready to go
_OZI7470Sonnyphotos and we're up, never thought to visit Camden, but looks like a nice area _OZI7471Sonnyphotos and nice bush walking potential in the background there _OZI7473Sonnyphotos but that's not why we are here _OZI7474Sonnyphotos we are here to do some aerial aerobatics, woooohoooo, fun _OZI7475Sonnyphotos so for starters, he takes me into a hard left turn, so we are nearly vertical to the ground, buzzzzzzzzz !!! _OZI7476Sonnyphotos so that was just to get the feel of it, pilot tells me I just experienced a G force close to 2. So we do another one to the right this time, and he tells me to lift my hand in the middle of the turn, and yeah, your hand feels heavier , because of the G force :) _OZI7478Sonnyphotos aah shit, pilot has just passed out on me, now what do I do _OZI7479Sonnyphotos false alarm _OZI7482Sonnyphotos ok, now we go up for a full loop, and when we come out of the loop straight into a roll _OZI7486Sonnyphotos oh my, that loop was intense, and now the roll _OZI7489Sonnyphotos nearly upside down _OZI7491Sonnyphotos too cool _OZI7492Sonnyphotos look at that totally upside down _OZI7493Sonnyphotos and coming back around _OZI7496Sonnyphotos intense, thrilling, exciting, fun _OZI7498Sonnyphotos _OZI7502Sonnyphotos this is fun, and I highly recommend it _OZI7537Sonnyphotos now we go up for a "hammerhead" or "engine stall" turn _OZI7538Sonnyphotos which means going straight up _OZI7541Sonnyphotos reaching straight up for the heavens _OZI7543Sonnyphotos so we are 90 degrees and still climbing up _OZI7544Sonnyphotos and basically we keep climbing up till the _OZI7545Sonnyphotos engine starts to stall ( why does it do that ? ) and plane wants to fall back down _OZI7546Sonnyphotos does not fall backwards though _OZI7547Sonnyphotos sort of keels to one side , well, yeah , it does go backward for a few seconds at first I guess and then pilot has option of left or right :-) _OZI7548Sonnyphotos but with the sound of a spluttering engine to go with this view _OZI7549Sonnyphotos makes it all very exciting _OZI7550Sonnyphotos here we come ( wonder how fast we are falling ) _OZI7551Sonnyphotos GGGGGGGGGGGGG force babiiiiiiiiiiiieee _OZI7552Sonnyphotos just add your own roaring engine sound now !! _OZI7554Sonnyphotos well , that was fun, up there with my parachute jump Jacqui got me as a surprise pressie 2 years ago.
After this, we just flew back to base and landed, which, after these twists, loops and rolls, was rather boring so did not take any more photos.
Thanks Jacs, Girlfriend of the year !


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