Reporter Passes Out! [VIDEO]
By: Mick Feb. 21, 2013
A weatherman in Australia named Grant Denyer did a segment from the passenger seat of a stunt plane earlier this week. And in the middle of it, the G-forces got to him and made him pass out on live TV. He was only unconscious for a few seconds. According to the pilot, they were experiencing about 8 G's when it happened (which means 8 times the force of gravity). Check out the video here. He passes out at the 2:10 mark.
I know exactly what this guy was experiencing, but on a far more awesome level. I had the awesome opportunity 2 years ago to take a flight in an F-15E Strike Eagle complements of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The ride was amazing and the sensation when feeling G-forces is nuts. Your whole body feels heavy. It's hard to lift your arms or even move your head. You have to force yourself to breath quickly, with short choppy breaths, to make sure you get enough oxygen to keep you from passing out. I was fortunate enough to stay conscious, but I came close to passing out during a couple of near 8-G manuevers. Visually it's like darkness closing in and cutting off your vision like a circular curtain - totally nuts to experience, and if you stay conscious it ends almost as quickly as it begins. Keeping from passing out was great as it meant I was able to fully experience and remember the opportunity. However, it did mean I had more opportunities to throw up. But, trust me that bag of puke was a trophy for the experience. Big thanks again to Captain Rob Rock for taking me on one hell of a ride. The following video is just four minutes of a 1.5 hour flight.