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LSU's Paul Mainieri takes to the skies with USAF Thunderbirds

7 years 1 month 1 week ago Friday, October 23 2015 Oct 23, 2015 October 23, 2015 2:30 PM October 23, 2015 in LSU Sports
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues
Image: @LSUbaseball via Twitter

LAKE CHARLES - LSU Baseball coach Paul Mainieri reported to Chennault International Airport Friday morning for his chance to live a lifelong dream of suiting up and taking off on a demonstration flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Mainieri, who was baseball coach at the United State Air Force Academy from 1989-94, was fitted for a flight suit, attended classes about the effects of G-forces and learned about flight and ejection procedures.

He met with his pilot, Major Scott “Cheetah” Petz, and strapped in for a mid-morning takeoff.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at air shows around the world, educating the public about the mission of the Air Force. For more information on the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com.

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