Friday, September 7, 2012

'Hometown Hero' flies with Thunderbirds in advance of this weekend's air show - Sacramento Bee

What is an extra day's wait when you have a chance to pull 6.9 g turn in an F16 jet fighter?

After having a scheduled flight with the Thunderbirds flying team scrubbed Thursday, Christina Preston took an action-packed one-hour ride in one of the red, white, and blue-painted jet fighters this morning.

Preston was one of two people selected by the California Capitol Airshow as Hometown Heroes and rewarded with a chance to fly along with a member of the Air Force's air demonstration team. Preston, 29, of Sacramento, collects shoes for the homeless.

"It was absolutely fantastic," Preston said shortly after landing around noon.

The Thunderbirds are in Sacramento for this weekend's air show at Mather Airport, in Rancho Cordova. The show runs Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day.

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