The rugby-union star Thierry DUSAUTOIR is seated in a child’s dream – flying with a fighter pilot who is no other than Laurent Pons, the aeronautical association Les ailes de Pegase’s president near Bordeaux. This association proposes various events linked to aeronautics. Les Ailes de Pegase is fielded with L-39s or Albatros jet fighters.
You can see the elite athlete suffering a bit in the last part of this superb video while the experienced pilot keeps speaking, unflinching for he has to remain focused on both his VIP PAX, and either the loop to come or other tight
turns and barrels. He sounds like a pilot who has no G-lock as his voice sounds normal. See what the pilots look like between 5 Gs and 7 Gs (click here), and you will get what I mean.
Thanks to Les Ailes de Pegase for having provided the CANAL+ link to this master-work video – click on the link here or on the photo below:
Top-right image: Tina Phillips / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
This morning Airbus Military’s all-new A400M took off for its maiden flight from Seville Airport in Spain. The first entirely new airlifter of the 21st Century took to the air from runway 09 at 10:15 local time (09:15 UTC).
At the controls was Chief Test Pilot Military, Edward Strongman, 60, with Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio â€œNacho » Lombo, 43, in the right-hand seat. Four engineers are also on the aircraft: Senior Flight Test Engineer Jean-Philippe Cottet, 43, who has responsibility for the powerplants; Senior Flight Test Engineer Eric Isorce, 52, with responsibility for systems and performance; Senior Flight Test Engineer Didier Ronceray, 54, with responsibility for the handling qualities of the aircraft; and Test Flight Engineer Gerard Leskerpit, 50.