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    How sonic morphin was beta tested

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    Oooh!!

    Does GPOA come with it?

    I WANT ONE!!!!

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    Hey! No fair! I was on my way to Gary's. How did you get that pic?
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    Hey! No fair! I was on my way to Gary's. How did you get that pic?
    Haha oops that pic came out way bigger then I thought. How did I get it? I could tell you but then I would have to kill you.

    Get this styxx, I will not fly, but I have an extreme fascination with aviation especially jets. So I was sifting thru pictures I have*yea I collect jet pictures* and this one just struck me. I'm like, so this is what the blue angels do when given some free time. Break the sound barrier just barely above water level, jeez he is low!. LOL that is nuts and it is why it struck me because one simple mistake at that speed/altittude would put that guy in the water so fast there is no way he would make the ejection handle. To top it off the massive buffeting from such a low altittude only heightens the danger lol. Those guys are crazy. Then again I guess crazy is a requirement when you decide you want to be in a group where formation flying means get close enough to touch the other plane with an oustreched arm in a high performance very sensative airplane lol.

    I honestly do not remember where I got it. Probably online somewhere looking up maybe f-18 or something.
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    When I was a boy my father took us all to the Buffalo airport to see an air show. The highlight of the show was the Blue Angels. This was in the mid late sixties and I don't remember the exact date. While everyone was mesmerized by the aerial stunts of the group, a message interrupted and stated one of the Blue Angels needed to make an emergency landing. All well and good except the Buffalo Airport's runways were not long enough to accommodate jets of any size at the time. The whole crowd watched as one Angel broke formation and headed for the runway. We could see the jet land yet it was obvious he was too fast to stop before the end. The jet went past the end of the runway, through the grass, through a large fence, across a main highway before coming to a full stop precariously between two gas pumps at a filling station. The pilot was not injured and he was credited for bringing the jet down into where the police had sectioned a buffer zone on the highway. It was as if they had anticipated the route just incase of such an incident.

    The other moment was at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base. Two collided in mid air. One pilot survived, the other was killed instantly. You see these things on Television programs but happening in real time is quite an experience. The likes of which I would not like to see again.
    Well, we have something in common there Mr. Cantabile! I love jets as well. As a matter of fact my dad used to work on passenger airlines during the sixties. He was a "Skin Specialist" and tail section designer. He worked on the 727, 737, and 747. Also, a number of years ago I finally flew small plane. It was the coolest experience ever! Now, I would love to pilot a helicopter if only a few times. Say, something in the line of an Apache.
    That my friend is a cool picture.
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    When I was a boy my father took us all to the Buffalo airport to see an air show. The highlight of the show was the Blue Angels. This was in the mid late sixties and I don't remember the exact date. While everyone was mesmerized by the aerial stunts of the group, a message interrupted and stated one of the Blue Angels needed to make an emergency landing. All well and good except the Buffalo Airport's runways were not long enough to accommodate jets of any size at the time. The whole crowd watched as one Angel broke formation and headed for the runway. We could see the jet land yet it was obvious he was too fast to stop before the end. The jet went past the end of the runway, through the grass, through a large fence, across a main highway before coming to a full stop precariously between two gas pumps at a filling station. The pilot was not injured and he was credited for bringing the jet down into where the police had sectioned a buffer zone on the highway. It was as if they had anticipated the route just incase of such an incident.

    The other moment was at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base. Two collided in mid air. One pilot survived, the other was killed instantly. You see these things on Television programs but happening in real time is quite an experience. The likes of which I would not like to see again.
    Well, we have something in common there Mr. Cantabile! I love jets as well. As a matter of fact my dad used to work on passenger airlines during the sixties. He was a "Skin Specialist" and tail section designer. He worked on the 727, 737, and 747. Also, a number of years ago I finally flew small plane. It was the coolest experience ever! Now, I would love to pilot a helicopter if only a few times. Say, something in the line of an Apache.
    That my friend is a cool picture.

    Wow, about both stories. Im guessing if it was the mid sixties they were flying f-4s maybe?? That would be my guess especially considering it's long runway need for landing. Did a parachute pop out the back? Just curious.
    ""As if they anticipated such a scenerio"" they did most likely, if you ever watch a show about them they do like long hour briefings every show and go thru just about any possibility.

    My father had the luck of getting a ride in an F-4 in the early 80s. I was just a kid but remember this well(probably because it is jets lol). He even got to fly it and a funny story revolves around that. He was good friends with the Head of the base so they wrote it off as a "press" ride. Anyway his pilot told the rest of the group when they were in formation that he was handing the stick to my dad. My dad said they insta broke off formation and gave him "ALOT" of room and in his headset he heard comments like "im outa here". He was an experienced privot pilot*my dad* but he said controlling the thing was much harder then he thought just trying basic things like turning , rolling, and even just trying to keep it level. All the rest of the group including his pilot teased him the whole time with comments"you beating the stick or what?" "trying to put that thing in the drink?" lol
    He soon learned the response was much more sensative then private planes and compensated by being a bit more gentle. To top off his experience they asked if he wanted to buzzhis mother's house*she passed away shortly after*. This is funny because he said they called to the tower and asked for permission to go into that airspace for a minute and the tower called back with a sure followed by "whose house is the lucky recipient?" lol.

    This was at the Portland Air National Guard. I'll have to scan the pic. He was a jet buff like myself and even though he admited that he felt like puking everytime he tells the story about going thru some high G stuff, he was still ear to ear smiles when he was stepping out of that thing from the pic and from the re-telling many times of this experience over the years lol.
    Robert Davis

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