Now, you’d think a pair of goggles couldn’t mess with your head too much, right? Well, as I pondered that question while trying and failing to walk in a straight line shortly after taking the things off, I couldn’t help but think “shit. I’ve actually got to go in one of these planes tomorrow. And I’m also about to walk straight into a brick wall.”
It was then that the problem I was facing became clear. There was no fear of death, of fainting or of falling out of the plane; there was only fear of vomiting during the ride, and of seeing that vomit fly back into my face, creating the most undesirable viral GoPro video of all time in the process.
See while Mr. Ivanoff is more than experienced when it comes to stomaching the twists and turns of aerobatic flight, this writer is most certainly not. Sure, I’ve watched Top Gun every other day for the past few years, and I’ve been on my fair share of budget airliners, but I’d never done a barrel roll before. Not without Tom Cruise holding me in my deepest, darkest dreams, as ‘Take My Breath Away’ played harmoniously on surround sound.
Up In The Air
When the big day arrived, my rather empty stomach and I felt more than a little bit queasy. I was super stoked to get into the plane and give it a shot, but entirely unconvinced that I would be able to do so without retrieving my breakfast. Ivanoff’s cheeky grin on arrival did nothing to alleviate these concerns.
Pulling on the flight suit, however, did get the blood pumping. It’s impossible not to feel awesome, and not get Kenny Loggin’s ‘Danger Zone’ stuck in your head, as soon as you get the thing on. And the Hamilton colours are perfectly suited to such a badass outfit.
“Have you ever done anything like this before?” I was asked as I pulled on the uniform. “There’s nothing else that’s actually remotely like this, is there?” I replied. A laugh and a smirk from Ivanoff confirmed my suspicions, as I was kitted out with an emergency parachute and strapped into the plane. Danger zone.