When I’ve entered Sokol Air Base, I’ve said to myself; I will have to do this again and deal with the consequences (my family……) So that was even before I’ve actually flown the mission.
During my flight I wanted to scream to the world, this is awesome!!!!!
Then thinking, if for whatever reason, I will have to eject, I don’t care, I wouldn’t mind at all, it would actually be experiencing the whole package!!!
All under control, no ejection was requested. When I’ve put my hands on the jet’s stick, Andrey my pilot in command fought a lot to get it back, I did not want to leave it ..., but a poorly executed turn, rushed Andrey to get back in charge, hahaha great, I love danger, I love to be scared, adrenaline is my life and I can assure you all that your body will produce so much adrenaline that you won’t sleep that night.
A bad and scarring race do generate half of it, normally by 4 a.m. I’m able to get sleep but there after the flight at 7AM I was still brilliantly awake, going over and over my adventure.
It was a first class operation, all precisely timed, great people, lovely, kind people that treated me with respect. They were all extremely gentle and willing to fulfil my desire with extreme professionalism. What to say about Andreas? People that knows me, know that I’m very sceptical and takes time for me to believe others. Well with Andreas, within his first 5 minutes chat with me, I was on board, fully committed. True, precise and a real pleasure to deal with.
I was always intrigued by Russia, MIG and the whole air force. What I’ve found is more, a lot more than what I would ever inspect. That was a real military mission, the real deal, all of the surrounding exceeded my inspection.
This is a lifetime experience and yes, I’m already dealing with consequences as I’ve notified my Family that I will do it again ...
Max "The Ax" Angelelli - MIG-29 "Fulcrum" full high aerobatic flight, November 6, 2013