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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- All systems go for the Blue Angels -- the Navy team is back for a daring performance at Thunder over Louisville.
Kelly Davis had the best seat in the house. The Navy's top demonstration team invited WDRB to take to the skies for a flight of a lifetime.
After a quick briefing we were ready to board Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130 support craft. Minutes after take-off the pilots pulled the plane nose up, then leveled out, sending the crew flying into the air.
"You're not use to the take off when you go directly up and then level out with negative G's so it was a great time," said Stephen McConnell, a passenger on the flight.
Jerricka Awbrey, another passenger, said, "The zero G absolutely it was great I think I lifted like a foot in the air."
We circled around the city as the crew got a feel for the terrain ahead of their big show.
"You could see the Ohio River, downtown Louisville, the horizon dip and go up real fast when they were making their turns it was an excellent view," said McConnell.
Then the pilots started showing off! They performed some amazing maneuvers, dipping us up and down and around. One minute you're looking directly below, the next you're high in the sky.
Awbrey said, "It's like being on a roller coaster going over the highest peak it was so much fun."
But it felt good to stand on our own two feet again. We survived our flight, but others just barely made it!
"It was a blast, they always say its a once in a lifetime chance I don't know that I'll do it again but the entire thing was so much fun," said Awbrey.
The Blue Angels perform in the Thunder Over Louisville air show at 3:30 Saturday.