Like “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines,” I went “up tiddly up,” which was great. The “down tiddly down,” part? Not so much.
Down is where the ground is. Down is where crashes and fires happen. Up good, down bad.That sort of sums up my experience Thursday, Sept. 28 when I somewhat brashly accepted the chance to do a ride-along with pilot Chris Rudd in the plane of David Martin, a world champion stunt pilot.
So, when Rudd completed the last part of a maneuver called a “humpty bump with half-turn” and cut the engine as we dropped nosedown toward a storage tanker, it was the one time I had serious second thoughts about my perspicacious endeavor to better understand this whole stunt flying thing.
For about 15 to 20 minutes over San Juan Capistrano, Rudd provided a taste of the precision flying life in an Extra 300, a kind of two-seater version of the performance CAP 232 team owner Martin will fly Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 in the second annual Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow.