If you’ve ever watched Top Gun, I’m willing to bet at one point or another that you had dreams of what it might be like to be a fighter pilot. I know I did.
I mean, even Sterling Archer, the world’s deadliest spy, wanted to be Maverick.
I especially enjoyed watching the IMAX Documentary Fighter Pilot, which is conveniently enough available to watch on YouTube:
But it seems like most of the appeal is the glitz and glamour side of things – being able to fly the most advanced aircraft on the planet, going fast, shooting missiles, pulling crazy maneuvers, etc. etc…
But there’s certainly a hell of a lot more to it. Fighter pilots specifically train for war, and I think we can all agree that nobody really likes that. I would imagine that most people have very little desire to put themselves in a situation where they would potentially have to kill another person or could potentially be killed themselves, but that is a very real part of it.
Oh, and to even get to that point, you need to pass the initial training… And that doesn’t look like a whole lot of fun either. This video of a pilot doing High-G Training at the US Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas has been making its way around the internet, and it shows that the initial testing they’ll put you through actually looks just a little bit daunting.
It appears he momentarily suffers from G-LOC, or g-induced Loss of Consciousness, before coming back to, feeling like he’d been in a fistfight. It looks pretty violent there for a few seconds, but you can see at the end that it’s all temporary and he’s back to normal by the end of it.
He’s certainly not the only person to react this way to centrifuge g-force training. I also came across a montage of a few different trainees going through the process… And it’s a little bit entertaining, but it also gives you a feel for the nerves you must feel when you get into these, and the unpleasantness you can feel immediately after.
You know, after watching that, I think I’m perfectly fine with piloting the Patchbus around. Since it maxes out somewhere around 115 km/h, I’ll never have to worry about g-force training for that!