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Air force secretary gets sick flying with Thunderbirds
The Washington Times ^ | 6/28/2014 | Rowan Scarborough

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 Tuesday’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: rofl; secretarydebbie
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I feel badly for the crew chief who is stuck cleaning up this desk jockey's mess.
1 posted on 06/28/2014 7:42:48 AM PDT by markomalley
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2 posted on 06/28/2014 7:46:17 AM PDT by carriage_hill ( Incoming fire always has the right of way.)
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To: markomalley

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.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: markomalley

LOL. I can relate... lost my breakfast on both indoctrination flights at USAFA. Thank goodness for industrial strength barf bags.


4 posted on 06/28/2014 7:48:05 AM PDT by ken in texas
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To: markomalley
Painted the cockpit...

Maybe she'll have a smidgen more respect for the people who are out punching holes in the air.

5 posted on 06/28/2014 7:49:28 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: markomalley

What’s interesting to me .. the Blue Angels have invited several members of the FOX people .. and they all did just fine.


6 posted on 06/28/2014 7:50:04 AM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: markomalley; SgtBob; Chode; nascarnation; B4Ranch

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!!!


7 posted on 06/28/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: markomalley

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.


8 posted on 06/28/2014 7:50:53 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Bigg Red

MARK


9 posted on 06/28/2014 7:51:25 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: markomalley

She had no business being there.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 7:51:36 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

I feel safer knowing that our Air Force Secretary is named Debbie.


11 posted on 06/28/2014 7:54:25 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Gaffer

She has no business being in her office either.


12 posted on 06/28/2014 7:54:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: markomalley

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.


Her new nickname might be “Sludge”.


13 posted on 06/28/2014 7:55:32 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: markomalley

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.


14 posted on 06/28/2014 7:56:25 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Heh, heh! Debbie does Dobbins?

;^)


15 posted on 06/28/2014 7:56:55 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: All
My ride with the USAF Thunderbirds
16 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:25 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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guess she's not the man she thought she was...
17 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:40 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Pollster1

True, but look at Napolitano, look at Rice, look at - well, any of Obama’s appointments.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

islamists and their facilitators should be under these plane types, not on them.


19 posted on 06/28/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: markomalley

“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.”


20 posted on 06/28/2014 7:58:21 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SES1066

Yeah, take Barry up and then have the pilot eject.


21 posted on 06/28/2014 8:00:09 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: markomalley

From what I have heard, a good acrobatic pilot can induce motion sickness upon his passengers at will. I once went up, telling the pilot he could not make me sick; he smiled, and said “maybe not, but I can make you pass out and —— your pants”.


22 posted on 06/28/2014 8:00:43 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Chode

LOL!


23 posted on 06/28/2014 8:01:44 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I feel safer knowing that our Air Force Secretary is named Debbie.


24 posted on 06/28/2014 8:04:08 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: markomalley

ROTHFLMAO


25 posted on 06/28/2014 8:07:44 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Smokin' Joe

As long as they don’t bang chicks or make jokes about someone being queer...then they can fly all they like using jet fuel made from sea plankton excrement while performing over gay pride events and Muslim outreach expos.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 8:08:18 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (This town needs an enema)
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To: markomalley
Agree with feeling sorry for the Crew Chief, but I would bet dollars to soggy donuts that most of the pilots and crews were having great fun.
27 posted on 06/28/2014 8:15:18 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: mabarker1

Loved it, thanks.


28 posted on 06/28/2014 8:18:40 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: markomalley
I've heard fighter pilots brag they can make anyone (even cargo and passenger pilots) barf in the back seat. It's merely a matter of how hard they try. Toss on a couple of negative gees and lunch is pushing out with more force than nature ever intended.
29 posted on 06/28/2014 8:18:52 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: PLMerite
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.


I found that brown paper grocery bags were much better when I took folks up for glider rides.

The larger opening is easier to aim for in a hurry...:^)

30 posted on 06/28/2014 8:26:58 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

LOL!


31 posted on 06/28/2014 8:31:36 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: SES1066
Any chance that the Secret Service would allow the POTUS to get his own demonstration flight?

some POTUS would not mine.


32 posted on 06/28/2014 8:32:12 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: huldah1776

Welcome- that one is always good.


33 posted on 06/28/2014 8:35:03 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: markomalley

Don’t eat and go on thrill rides...

Chunky Monkey....


34 posted on 06/28/2014 8:35:22 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: markomalley
Interesting...

Only thre or four people would have ever known about this, so it would have been kept quiet....IF this was someone they respected......

35 posted on 06/28/2014 8:39:22 AM PDT by virgil283 (GOD loves you...'He's not mad....He's not even in a bad mood'...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I feel safer knowing that our Air Force Secretary is named Debbie.

Laughed Out Loud.
36 posted on 06/28/2014 8:45:08 AM PDT by Shannon
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To: mabarker1; markomalley; Chode; nascarnation; B4Ranch

I’d’ve punched out, and left another smoking hole in the Nevada desert.


37 posted on 06/28/2014 8:46:41 AM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: markomalley

idiot forgot her bonine


38 posted on 06/28/2014 8:51:06 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SgtBob
at least you weren't in it...
39 posted on 06/28/2014 8:52:41 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: markomalley

They gave me a bag to puke in when I was given a ride on an f16. I used it.

It is hard to hold the bag up to your mouth while under g loads.


40 posted on 06/28/2014 8:54:54 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gaffer

She’s a pro........ she needs to know her limitations

now she does


41 posted on 06/28/2014 8:57:28 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: markomalley

Considering this woman’s rep I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave her a nice big lunch before taking her up.


42 posted on 06/28/2014 8:58:14 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: az_gila

I have had some incredible rides on wheels and wings. The best ride ever was a Schwitser 2-32 sailplane.


43 posted on 06/28/2014 9:01:05 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: markomalley

Damned near everyone gets sick, the first time they do that sort of aerial maneuvers. Hell, most fighter pilots lose their lunch at least once, during training.

In other words, this isn’t news. Why is it a story?


44 posted on 06/28/2014 9:03:44 AM PDT by jdege
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To: CyberAnt

I’ve seen Fox Folks on F-15s but not the Thunderbird aerobatics flights. I think most of us would lose our lunch on one of those. The idea of sending a civilian up in one of those was ill-conceived.


45 posted on 06/28/2014 9:03:58 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: mabarker1

It was the g’s that did me in. That and turning my oxygen off instead of to 100%.

The upside down and rolls and loops were fun.


46 posted on 06/28/2014 9:04:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Or get them looking out the window at the bridge you’re doing a mock attack on and then yank the stick back.


47 posted on 06/28/2014 9:06:24 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gaffer

I agree!


48 posted on 06/28/2014 9:07:44 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: driftdiver

I get to watch F-16s almost every day.

Last day of the month, Wing Kings sometimes go up a violate a few rules.


49 posted on 06/28/2014 9:12:34 AM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: Vaquero

I had my problems with Bush, but man, did he ever look great wearing that gear! What a hunk!


50 posted on 06/28/2014 9:15:14 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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