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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeoftheparty. View Post
    Either this is a really naive question or impossible...

    There is no way no one else isn't super interested in this?!
    I'm definitely super interested in this as well! I have a few friends in the air force, and they tell me it's hard even for them to get up in one of those things.
    I'd imagine it's possible for a civilian, but very improbable. Sorry I couldn't be very much help.
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    Yeah, it's hard for us to get up there, even tougher for a civilian. You either have to know a commander of a Fighter Squadron or someone else with a lot of pull, or be famous and get offered a ride, like Jeremy Clarkson in the F15 or Tom Cruise in the F14 and F16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hischar View Post
    Yeah, it's hard for us to get up there, even tougher for a civilian. You either have to know a commander of a Fighter Squadron or someone else with a lot of pull, or be famous and get offered a ride, like Jeremy Clarkson in the F15 or Tom Cruise in the F14 and F16.
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    nowhere near a fighter jet but i did Air Combat a few years ago. the things those planes do absolutely defy any rational sense of physics - highly recommended as a start.

    i pulled 6gs for an instant, upside down, in a stall, plunging towards the earth. the guy i was 'fighting' kept barfing. it ain't easy, especially if you're 6ft or taller - a brutal workout.

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    Great recommendation. I had seen the prop plane dogfighting places but hadn't heard any first hand experiences.

    I do hear it's intense, but once I set my mind to something...
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    When I went to Israel we had a friend who was a pilot and I got to sit in an active F16, but that was about it. Would love to actually fly in one...

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    Anyone with more knowledge than me...

    Would you opt for the Phantom or Skyhawk? The A4 looks like it'd be faster/more maneuverable, thus more fun. Although I suspect no matter what I'll be puking my guts out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carendt242 View Post
    it ain't easy, especially if you're 6ft or taller - a brutal workout.
    This interests me too, but I become weary after reading that. I'm 6'2

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeoftheparty. View Post
    Anyone with more knowledge than me...

    Would you opt for the Phantom or Skyhawk? The A4 looks like it'd be faster/more maneuverable, thus more fun. Although I suspect no matter what I'll be puking my guts out!
    I go for the Phantom any day of the week. Unfortunately due to new FAA regs the Collings foundation can't offer flights to anyone who is not already rated in certain ways. To fly in the Phantom you must already be multi turbine engine rated as well as a few other criteria. The A4 is the same way. They will never be allowed to sell rides in the 262 or F-100 no matter what.
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    There are a few Jet Fighter Pilots on the 4.... I am still waiting for my ride as this is on the life long to do bucket list for me as well...




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