Thursday, June 01, 2006

Settling In





After climbing the ladder and getting in the cockpit a crew member followed to strap me in the ejector seat, attach the oxygen, adjust the restraints and shut the canopy. This took quite a bit more time than this description suggests and while it was happening I was aware that my pulse had noticeably quickened. Things were getting real, real fast.

I was fine all the way up to closing the canopy but all at once, sitting there breathing through the mask, everything became seriously tight, an unpleasant feeling made even more so by the closeness of the cockpit and the fact that the restraint straps allowed for little movement. Ironically I was not afraid of the flight but came close to panic about panicking. I could just see myself pounding on the canopy trying to get out. Fortunately I talked myself down concentrating on the instrument panel.

At first the wait seemed interminable and was, in fact, a good 10 minutes or more before anything happened. Finally they attached us to a pulling frame which in turn was attached to a truck. The truck pulled us from the staging area out closer to the active runway.

6 comments:

Paula Johnson said...

Dude, this had to be the ride of a lifetime. Would it have killed you to crack a smile? Or would that be breaking the Guy Code? Even the flyboys in Top Gun flashed their pearly whites now and then. I'm just saying...

Waugust said...

Pawa, you clearly do not understand how to be a manly man because if you did you would not suggest I smile. Nonetheless if you look carefully you will see I did to a point in some of the picts.

You obviously are too smile focused, I suspect, because of your current braces status.

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