The fighter pilot for a day program at Air Combat USA is unbelievably exhilarating, I highly recommend everyone give it a try if you can. My wife got it for me as a gift at a charity auction, so a buddy and I went up on Friday. (Incidentally, she went to the auction while I was away in Amsterdam for a bachelor party and I came home to this gift; how awesome is my wife?)
My buddy and I split the 4 unscripted dogfights, but I think I won overall because I didn't need to use the puke bags. I got him cleanly twice, he got me cleanly once, and on one of the fights he simulated chasing me into the ground because I hit the 3,000 ft hard deck. The was the longest scrap because I had some trouble executing the maneuver at the beginning, pulling too hard on the stick and causing buffetting, thus losing some time and allowing him to get the advantage. I cleaned it up though, but it was too late for me to make up the ground I had lost, but I was able to hold him off and not get his sights on me for a long time. But while desperately maneuvering to keep him from getting a bead on me, I ran out of room and "crashed." It was awesome.
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