English-American about his lifelong dream to fly in MiG-29 and warm hospitality of Russia

Tony Hebden

Flying in a fast jet has been a dream of mine since I was a boy!So getting strapped into a Mig-29 and flying high into the stratosphere followed by performing high speed aerobatics, has to rate as one of the greatest moments of my life.

If I was to make a list of my favorite experiences, it would include the time during the Hammerhead maneuver when the plane stopped climbing... and there was a second of absolute silence before gravity began pulling us back toward earth...

It would also include the pure adrenaline rush of hurtling through the air just meters above the runway and then banking hard left and feeling my head getting too heavy to move as the G forces kicked in!

What would also be on my list of favorite experiences is meeting so many warm and wonderful people during my trip to Russia. All of my apprehensions about being alone so far from my home country evaporated soon after I arrived in Moscow and was met by the smiling and gracious Varvara.

Certainly the flight was fantastic, but it was the people who made the whole experience so memorable!

I would like to especially thank Irena, Vadim, and my pilot Andrey for ensuring that the whole day of the flight was so perfect!!!