Stefano Cerini di Castegnate
I have known about the possibility of flying in Mikoyan-Gurevich-29 at the Sokol military airbase for a long time.
I was excited about the idea of a supersonic voyage!
I have always been extremely interested in jet fighters, especially Russian ones.
I was so motivated to try this fantastic experience that i decided to do it; and here i am in Sokol, feel so fortunate to be one of the few civilians in the world to sit in a jet fighter seat.
During the first phase of the flight we flew to an extremely high altitude in Mig-29 Fulcrum. Sergey, the pilot, gave me the controls for a few seconds - Mig-29 is amazingly manoeuvrable...
While we were in the stratosphere I was able to admire the roundness of our planet framed by a dark blue sky!
Then Sergey Kara (chief pilot) flew into a vertical descent and began the acrobatic maneuvers waltz.
He pushed Mig-29 to the limit, accelerating the gravitational force higher and higher: from 3G to 6G then 7G!!!
Then at 9G for several seconds, and my body was compressed by an irresistible force; for example ordinarily Formule One racercar drivers withstand up to 5G maximum for split seconds.
This is why i would consider Mig-29 Fulcrum a technological monster machine, capable of making experience extreme sensations.
I would like to thank Sergey, Varvara and Irina for their professionalism, and all the Sokol staff members for this unforgettable experience of a lifetime!!!