Skip to comments.Air force secretary gets sick flying with Thunderbirds
Posted on 06/28/2014 7:42:48 AM PDT by markomalley
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James became violently ill during a ride with the storied Thunderbirds aerial acrobatic team this week.
Commanders at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., thought it would be good PR to invite the relatively new secretary for a flight with its most famous squadron. Amid tight defense spending, there is pressure to demonstrate the worth of the Thunderbirds, which is back in the air show business after having been grounded last year when sequestration took hold.
But Tuesdays F-16 flight did not go as planned in the cockpit for Ms. James, a former House defense staffer, Pentagon official and defense industry executive.
Someone got the bright idea to invite her on the airplane, said a source familiar with the incident. She got violently ill.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Any chance that the Secret Service would allow the POTUS to get his own demonstration flight?
Yeah, that is what I thought! Too much chance of Blue on Blue would be my guess.
LOL. I can relate... lost my breakfast on both indoctrination flights at USAFA. Thank goodness for industrial strength barf bags.
Maybe she'll have a smidgen more respect for the people who are out punching holes in the air.
What’s interesting to me .. the Blue Angels have invited several members of the FOX people .. and they all did just fine.
1) They should have wrapped her in a giant ziplock.
2) Put a check valve in the hose for the O2 mask so the puke stays in the mask, not in the system.
3) After landing wait for her to stop thrashing in the bag, then remove from Aircraft in bag.
4) Toss in trash.
5) Call and invite Me- I won’t puke!!!
They have lots of experience cleaning up the two sweaters. A close friend was crew chief for the Blue Angels and this result is a normal thing. When once offered a “PR” ride they asked what level ride I wanted. Knowing what they meant, I said if I don’t get sick, I’d feel cheated.
She had no business being there.
I feel safer knowing that our Air Force Secretary is named Debbie.
She has no business being in her office either.
From the article...
Ms. James, 55, a Clinton administration appointee at the Pentagon, became Air Force secretary in December.
A recent New York Times profile said that as a staffer for the House Committee on Armed Services, she was nicknamed sledge for the sledgehammer approach she took to the job.
I can’t find a picture, but I remember one of these celebrity ride-alongs had barf bags stuffed in every pocket of their flight suit.
A person’s got to know their limitations. I admire that.
Heh, heh! Debbie does Dobbins?
True, but look at Napolitano, look at Rice, look at - well, any of Obama’s appointments.
islamists and their facilitators should be under these plane types, not on them.
“How you doing back there?”
“Well, I either threw up one of those prawns from lunch or my belly button. Tastes like maybe it was my belly button.”
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