CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - This weekend, the 30th anniversary Florida International Air Show kicks off at the Charlotte County Airport. We hit the skies today with the Air National Guard's Aerobatic team to give you a preview of what you'll see this weekend.
I met my co-pilot Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt bright and early, strapped on my parachute, and we took off. Our call signs: "Hindsight" and "Switch." Klatt even gave me the honor of donning his helmet - something he's never done before.
Once up in the air, I asked if he still gets butterflies in his stomach? He replied, "Oh yeah."
This type of aerobatic plane is one wild ride. We eased in with a warmup. Then, it was time for an inversion. Finally, it was my turn to take control of the Air Guard Extra 300L.
So how did my flying skills stack up against this 21-year member of the Air National Guard? "I gotta tell you, you rate way up there," Klatt said. "You really took an aggressive ride, so you did really outstanding today."
If this television thing doesn't pan out, at least I've got a fallback. Come on out to the Florida International Air Show on saturday and sunday at the Charlotte County Airport. Gates open at 9 a.m.