Up in the Air: Team Oracle Play-by-Play


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Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to fly along with Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle. Leaving from the San Carlos airport, we did a 30 minute flight over the Pacific just south of the coastal town of Half Moon Bay. In that half hour, I rode through a massive 4G loop, survived a crushing hammerhead, and took control of the plane to perform a basic wing over (you can learn what the heck I'm talking about by visiting this website).

I have lots of great video, but it's going to take me some time to make sense of it. For now, here's my Twitter-based play-by-play of yesterday's events. Many thanks to Sean D. Tucker and the whole crew (Ben and Ian, especially) for this great opportunity to fly with Team Oracle.

Live tweets from @OracleProfit
  • I will be spending the afternoon in a stunt plane, upside down above the San Francisco bay. http://bit.ly/cwkrkI
  • At the San Carlos airport. More than slightly freaked out. Shaking hands diminish texting ability. 
  • Slightly reassuring. http://yfrog.com/1qt61nj 
  • There go the doors to the photo plane... #teamoracle http://yfrog.com/58ywlj
  • Sean D Tucker assures me: "The sky is a great place to be." Helpful, but I'm still nervous. #teamoracle
  • "You get a parachute. He gets a harness." How was this decision made? #teamoracle
  • The plane with @radu43 has returned. I'm up next...
  • Couldn't help myself...drank a soda before flying. Mistake? We'll see... #teamoracle
  • Advice of the day "If you pull with two hands, you improve the chances of the chute deploying on the first try." Lovely. #teamoracle
  • I feel so strange. But I flew a high performance airplane. And did an aerobatics move. Wild. #teamoracle
  • "Flying ten feet off he ground, upside-down at 250 miles per hour isn't exciting to me." Sean D. Tucker #teamoracle
  • "What is exciting to me is flying that perfect pattern, just like I imagined it in my head." Sean D. Tucker #teamoracle
  • "You're going to sleep well tonight. You just carried four times your body weight." #teamoracle #gforce 
  • Just watched the #teamoracle plane take off for its flight home. I'm waiting for Caltrain. #undignifiedanticlimax
  • Enough with the #teamoracle. Check http://blogs.oracle.com/profit for the video. Coming soon!
 
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