Roostertails and Flat Spins

09/07/2009 at 6:14 pm (Personal Opinion) (, )

Earlier today I went to the Canadian International Airshow here in Toronto and I saw some of the most impressive flying I’ve ever seen.  First there was C130T, nicknamed ‘Fat Albert, piloted by USMC Major Drew Hess.  Then there was the remaining members of the US Navy’s Blue Angels, 6 F/A 18s, commanded by Commander Greg McWherter.  US Navy and US Marine Corp aviators are basically the most incredible fliers on the planet.  Then there was an unmarked, mat-black F/A 22 Raptor, flown by an US Air Force pilot.  This guy performed flat spins, tail stands, and some other moves more consistent with small prop aerobatic stunt planes.

One curious thing, however, no female aviators.  There are 2 female members of the Blue Angels, one is the Events Coordinator and one is the Flight Surgeon, no actual flight performers (aviators), however.  I’m curious about this, how ’bout you?  Is there some reason women don’t perform with these teams or fly hot new planes like the Raptor?  Or is this just a fluke?  And women have flown with the Blue Angels in the past, and/or flown hot planes like the raptor, or the B1 Lancer, or the B2 Spirit? I don’t believe that women are physiologically or anatomically inferior to men, for the purposes of high-stress flying.  In fact, I believe that some US agency (maybe NASA or the US Air Force) did a study that showed that women can actually remain conscious at higher G-forces than men, and function better (physiologically and anatomically — like remaining ‘regular’, for instance) in zero-G environment.

There were other performers, including Canada’s Snowbirds but, I couldn’t take the sun any more.

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