Stoops passes out while flying with Blue Angels
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops lost consciousness for a few moments but didn't lose his lunch Wednesday during a ride with the Navy's Blue Angels flight team.
Stoops took off with pilot Kevin Davis of Connecticut for an hourlong ride that started with a vertical climb to 7,000 feet.
He said he took G-forces up to 7.8 during a minimal radius turn.
"He lost me there. You just black out for a second or two," Stoops said. "[The pilot] was talking me through it the entire time. Of course, it doesn't faze them a bit. At one point, we were flying upside down at about 1,000 feet just hanging by our straps."
Stoops said his stomach was up to the task.
"I didn't have any problems, but I didn't think I would. I haven't had any trouble with my stomach over the years," Stoops said. "I ate a club sandwich a couple hours before we went up."
Former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson also flew with the Blue Angels, the featured attraction at this weekend's Texas Thunder 2006 Air Show.
"It was awesome. What an experience," Stoops said. "The force and power in the jet and the precision and skill of the pilot are overwhelming."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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