For those of you who want me to write more about Brian Delaney, F/A-18 fighter pilot (I’m looking at you, Ms. Kendrick), I hope this video will hold you until his next appearance on the page. For anybody who has had a close encounter with high-velocity military aircraft, this will look familiar. For anybody who’s never seen the Blue Angels or felt a sonic boom — this is just a taster. The real thing is visceral and thrilling.
Oh, who am I kidding — I love things that go fast. A couple of years ago at the Farnborough Air Show, an F/A-18 took off from the runway and headed vertical with such a roar that dozens of car alarms began shrieking in the parking lot. And I laughed and cheered.
Yeah, these jets are awesome. And I’m fascinated by the people who fly them. That’s a big reason why I made Evan Delaney’s brother a naval aviator.
You have to put up with a few seconds of Tom Cruise, but once you get past Top Gun, it’s all real.