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SHIFFRIN PULLS NINE G'S
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Not on the ski slopes but in a US Air Force F-16D jet! Read on for more...

 

 

 

It is not unusual for ski racing athletes to experience somewhere in the region of 3.5 Gs in a ski race.

For the Queen of Speed, Mikaela Shiffrin, it seems that 80mph and 3.5G's on two planks was not enough.

This week Shiffrin was invited to fly an F-16D twin seater jet with the US airforce Thunderbird pilots, taking on speeds from 450mph to 700mph and feeling the pull of level nine G-forces.

Her co-pilot Thunderbird #8, Major Jason "Flack" Markzon allowed her to take the controls of the aircraft where she managed a 'wiggles' slalom manoeuvre in the sky.

Following the landing, and after Shiffrin finally walked on solid ground, she was surprised that her body felt weird, feeling dizzy and light-headed.

Fellow Thunderbirds pilots told her it was a normal reaction to nine G's as your headspin and body readjusts to gravity.

“You can’t breathe at that much force,” Shiffrin said after experiencing nine Gs in the F-16D jet.

"You have to do the tiniest little breaths. During flight it felt like my shoulders kind of fell out of the sockets with such high G-forces"

Given her new taste for speed we wonder how much faster Shiffrin can ski?

Shiffrin joined the Thunderbirds during a routine practice for Thursday's US Air Force Academy commencement fly-over demonstration.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds' job is publicity and awareness for the US Air Force.

Mikaela Shiffrin - Thumbs Up in F-16D jetMikaela Shiffrin - Thumbs Up in F-16D jet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shiffrin - Named passenger on US F-16D jetShiffrin - Named passenger on US F-16D jet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thunderbird #8 with Mikaela ShiffrinThunderbird #8 with Mikaela Shiffrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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