Originally published January 18th, 2005.
Night in the barrel, part 2
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The pilot turns in at three and one-half miles – too close to get get comfortable out of the turn. He has vertigo now on this dark, moonless night.
I once had a bit of vertigo while flying. All my mind could do for those short meents was force me to concentrate on the instruments. And I didn’t have the pressure this guy had.
To be faced with this on a dark moonless night with no horizon, under extreme pressure to land or run out of fuel….
And the slow spool up times? Wonder if any Tomcats were lost trying to bolter and the engines just didn’t spool up enough in time.
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