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Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 30 Oct 2015, 08:27
by tbarlow
SAN ANTONIO - Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon got the ride of a lifetime Thursday night when she climbed on board an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

"The flight was obviously amazing," Hammon said.

The famous Air Force Thunderbirds are in San Antonio preparing for an air show over the weekend at Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph. Hammon was given the opportunity to ride with fellow South Dakotan Maj.Scott Petz.

"It's a small state so it is really cool we can go out and do different things and eventually meet up where i am giving her a ride in a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird jet and she is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs," Maj. Scott Petz said.

That ride Hammon got lasted about an hour, Petz put her through the paces with rolls and loops, flying upside-down and on the 'edge'. Hammon made it through all of it and at one point even wanted more.

"I said 'oh you pulled 8.7 g's you want to pull anymore?' 'OK once more' and I said 'all right' so we pulled 9.4 so that was pretty impressive," Petz said.

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Source: http://www.ksat.com/news/spurs-assistan ... f-her-life

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 30 Mar 2016, 23:11
by Jon
Movie actor Gerard Butler March 5, 2016. Actually a pretty neat video. Most interesting is they show a lot of the briefing.


Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 01 Apr 2016, 15:36
by smitty14
Indycar racer Graham Rahal just took a ride with the Thunderbirds yesterday at Luke.

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 02 Apr 2016, 15:01
by Gamera
Hugh Jackman, Australian actor, singer, and producer.

Watch Hollywood Star Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman enjoy a flight in a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon
2016/03/09

Filmed on Feb. 19, 2016, the following video shows the actor Hugh Jackman flying in a U.S. Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcon belonging to the 301st Fighter Wing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

Jackman, who was visiting the base as part of a promotional tour for the movie “Eddie The Eagle,” was flown by Lt. Col. David Efferson, 457th Fighter Squadron commander.

Source: http://theaviationist.com/2016/03/09/wa ... ng-falcon/

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 17 Apr 2016, 14:05
by Lieven
Josh Duhamel, American actor and former fashion model. #Transformers


Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 21 Aug 2016, 19:03
by Jon
Sage Kimzey, championship bull rider with the Thunderbirds on July 25, 2016:
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2745908/ ... bulls-f-16

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 06 May 2017, 01:55
by tbarlow
Some old F-4 pilot got to ride with the Thunderbirds today! :salute: How many of you would have loved to sit in on that safety briefing!

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 06 May 2017, 14:52
by Boman

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 12 May 2019, 21:50
by Lieven
This thread used to be very popular (quarter million views) but has gone very quiet over the past 2 years. Are celebs now perhaps getting rides in F-35s instead?

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 12 May 2019, 23:33
by pmi
Lieven wrote:This thread used to be very popular (quarter million views) but has gone very quiet over the past 2 years. Are celebs now perhaps getting rides in F-35s instead?


There aren't any F-35s with a back seat.

Re: Celebrity Backseaters

Unread postPosted: 13 May 2019, 02:38
by dragracingmaniac
pmi wrote:
Lieven wrote:This thread used to be very popular (quarter million views) but has gone very quiet over the past 2 years. Are celebs now perhaps getting rides in F-35s instead?


There aren't any F-35s with a back seat.


You could stuff them into the weapons bay, but that might cause issues with oxygen deprivation and altitude sickness, not to mention it's really hard to hold on during flight. :twisted: And... it would REALLY suck if the bay doors were opened in flight. :mrgreen: