Sunday, 04 December 2005

Air Combat USA planesIt takes a really gullible type to fall for one of my secret plans. Either that or someone who trusts me implicitly, misguided as that may be.

Along those lines, I didn't tell my friend David where we were going or what we were doing this weekend, just that I'd pick him up on Friday, that he should bring enough clothes for a couple days, and I'd have him back to his ship (he's in the U.S. Navy) in time for duty early Monday morning.

We try to do something crazy and insane once a year or so, and we were a bit overdue for this trip. I've actually been planning it for more than a year, at least in part. Without going into all the details, what matters the most if that Dave knew nothing of what we were doing on our trip (not even that we were flying to California) until we got to the location for each planned activity.

The plan included roller coasters, jousting dinner, visiting David's family in the area, and other fun stuff. But the real big event of the trip was on Sunday at the end of our stay in Orange County.

Dave and Greg at Air Combat USA (before Dave puked)On Sunday afternoon, to end the Secret Plan trip, we went to Air Combat USA in Fullerton, California. There we suited up, were briefed by former military pilots, and climbed into two high-performance military training aircraft, which we flew with the instructors for about an hour in some training maneuvers and six real-live dogfights. Gunsights, smoke and all. It was - to say the least - a blast. I can now say I know what it feels like to fly 5.5-G turns and that I did just that. Wow.

It's not cheap, for sure, but if it's something you've ever wanted to do, check our Air Combat USA on the web - - and give it a try.

Just be sure to keep the yak-bag handy. Dave's new call-sign is "Ralph," if that tells ya anything.

Above is a pic of Dave and I in front of one of the planes before we took off. Good thing we took the pic before we left - no stains on Dave's flight suit. Heh.

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Sunday, 04 December 2005 21:51:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Man, that looks like fun - I just added it to my list of things to do!
Wednesday, 07 December 2005 16:56:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Thursday, 08 December 2005 08:03:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sounds like a blast! Some of the stuff you do is just so unexpected. I'd hate to know what my callsign would be after that...
Thursday, 08 December 2005 18:25:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
hey what's up? It is John from P.A!, did u have fun flyin'? i'd get sick 2 if i went... well have fun in oregon

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