The Rick Mercer Report

Sunday, May 17, 2009


It begins with an itch you can't scratch. From there it progresses to a dull ache that just doesn't seem to subside, even with the aspirin. Next there is a feeling of euphoria mixed in with a small bit of anxiety and then it mixes with a little bit of adrenaline.

The physical symptoms reflect a chronic “readiness” to deal with some future threat. These symptoms may include fidgeting, muscle tension, and sleeping problems. Higher levels may produce such symptoms as rapid heartbeat, sweating, increased blood pressure, nausea, and dizziness. Sometimes it just doesn't matter where you go, you just have to.

There is no known cure but any pilot will tell you the best medicine for these symptoms is to fly. For some it's just an easy day up and down with a few circuits. Others like myself, need to roll around in more of a 3d fashion, rather than straight and level. Some just need the raw power to get their fix.

In the end, the symptoms never go away they stay around until the next flight. It never hurts to keep trying the cure, but it is a bucketful lot of fun.

If you can't fly then please come out, get your fix, and watch the show. There is something about the flight, noise and the smell of aviation fuel that makes your heart pound and imagination soar. Sure you can sit on the outside and watch from afar, but to really get the full experience you have to be front and centre.

Experience the noise and the feel of the sounds as our CF-18 Hornet fires up and prepares for take off. The jet will taxi right down the flight line in front of the crowd for that perfect picture on the ground. As he throttles up you can actually feel the thrust as he moves the plane elegantly forward and right then you will know you have the perfect spot. Then it's just starting. Watch as he maxes out the power for his take off lifts off with raw energy. Your jaw will drop. Sometimes it's hard to decide whether to watch him or take a picture. Imagine the same scenario, this time with 9 Tutor Jets in the air.

There is no cure for this ailment, just the experience.

Come on out front and center to watch 100 Years of Poewered Flight!