Top Gun

Every so often, you find yourself in the right place at the right time. For me, it was when I found myself in a jet fighter at 500 mph, doing barrel rolls.
Text by Bill Lindsey | May 16, 2018 | Luxury

Like every guy who saw Top Gun, I love the idea of screaming across the sky in a fighter jet. However, my wife won’t sign the permission slip for me to enlist in the Air Force, so I joined the Breitling Jet Team. Unlike the Delta Airlines stews talking to you about tray tables, this preflight experience involves learning how to operate an ejection seat, reinforcing the fact that you are about to do a Very Serious Thing. Shortly thereafter, securely strapped in and told to not touch anything, your jet and 6 others nimbly leap into the sky, listening to air traffic controllers who can’t believe what they see on the radar. The Albatross L39-C jets fly in tight formation, 10 feet part, doing rolls at 500 mph. The view is amazing, despite the G-force squeezing you like a toothpaste tube. Weeks later, the thrill is still there, along with the knowledge that very few people have experienced all this. From now on, you can call me Maverick;