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WDRB's Katie George takes off aboard an aerobatic flight

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Thunder Over Louisville airshow is always a big crowd-pleaser but it takes hours of training and preparation. 

Earlier this week, I experienced one pilot's full stunt routine.

Before you can do stunts and turns at an airshow, especially in front of hundreds of thousands of Thunder Over Louisville spectators, there's some work you have to do. Just ask Lee Leet, a solo stunt pilot based out of Bowman Field whose aerobatics in the Super Tucano are sure to be a Thunder crowd-pleaser.

We're told he'll do as much or as little as you can handle. But I'm riding in the plane this time -- and not all of us are stunt pilots. To prep for my flight, I skipped breakfast.

And lunch.

Leet had me suit up to look the part and go through a safety briefing before we hit the runway. We did a "G warmup" to start, so I could feel the force of gravity at certain speeds. My understanding was that we would pull about 4Gs -- and that it would be the first time I had felt anything like that.

Well, we ended up pulling 6Gs. It was so much pressure on my chest, I could barely lift my head, or move, so they taught me a trick. They said that if I felt my vision getting small, I should just grunt -- and the blood would come back into my head, along with my vision.

Then it was on to inversion -- that means being upside-down. They told me Lee is one of those guys who likes negative Gs -- but most people don't like it. We hit negative 2 G's which is well beyond feeling weightless, and I know exactly why most people don't like it. 

We went through all 15 maneuvers that Leet will be showing off in the airshow. That's when I asked to head back to the hangar, so I wouldn't mess up his multi-million dollar plane.

When I stepped off, I was exhilarated, exhausted, shaky and very sweaty.It's definitely not for the faint-hearted. 

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