February 2001 Issue

Dog-Eat-Dog World

When a wing separated from a dogfighting T-34, the designís integrity became suspect Ė but should it have?

There isnít a pilot out there who doesnít harbor a flying fantasy of some sort. Some dream of bouncing around the country in a J-3 Cub. Others want to fly the biggest jet or the hottest stunt plane or fly every kind of aircraft that can still stretch the chains of gravity.

For a relatively large number, nothing gets the blood pumping like the prospect of manhandling a warbird through tortured paces, drawing a bead on some unlucky prey like the ultimate computer game come to life. It is for these people that an entire segment of the aviation industry was born.

Fighter fantasy flights have been offered in various locations around the country for years. Usually staffed by ex-fighter pilot...

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