Everyone wants to be Tom Cruise in “Top Gun”.
Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening got his chance to live out that dream during a fly-along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Wednesday.READ MORE: New Rule Allows 18-Year-Olds To Drive Semi Trucks Across State Lines
The pre-flight tips involved teaching the newbies to “fight the G monster” involving mostly squeezing the abdominal muscles and lower extremities to keep the blood where it counts — flowing around the brain.READ MORE: Michigan House Cancels Voting For Week Due to COVID-19 Cases
After his exhilarating flight, Glendening shared his appreciation. “It’s unbelievable … you couldn’t get the smile off my face up there. It’s such a special memory that I’ll have forever,” said Glendening of the experience.
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The pilot with Glendening Captain Jeff Kess said he wasn’t surprised by an NHL players ability to handle the physical demands of high-G flight, but smiled admitting that Glendening may have, “… caught up on a little sleep at one point.”