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A little relaxation never hurt anyone

Posted on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 @ 10:50am by Commander Shoniara T’ghann Dex M.D

Personal log Shoniara Dex.

I am taking some time to try out the new holodecks. It took a while but I managed to integrate, with the help of Polly our AI my F-16. Her official name was the "Fighting Falcon", but "Viper" was commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to an old earth viper snake. The length of 15 meters and wingspan of 9.6 meters is just right to throw it about the sky. I have had this program for some years now but it took some perfecting. I had to visit the Seattle Museum of flight to get the 20th century flying suit just right. Flying Missie is nothing like piloting a shuttle or even a starship today. You have to have protection against the g’s and oxygen so this is where my pressurized flight suit and helmet come in.

The F-16 was the first production fighter aircraft intentionally designed to be slightly aerodynamically unstable, also known as relaxed static stability (RSS), to improve maneuverability. Most antique aircraft had been designed with positive static stability, which induced the aircraft to return to straight and level flight attitude if the pilot released the controls; this reduced maneuverability as the inherent stability had to be overcome. Aircraft with negative stability were designed to deviate from controlled flight and were thus more maneuverable.

I can throw myself around the sky and climb at 50.000 a minute. She is also equipped with an ‘ejector seat’. If something goes wrong I press a button and my canopy opens and I and my seat are shot into the sky. The a parachute above me is deployed to carry me, hopefully safely to the ground. There is nothing like flying the real thing which I have done only once and I was so lucky to do that. Whilst I was at the academy they were moving an F16 from Houston to the Seattle museum. I begged a ride in return for some medical instruction at the flight school there. I got to ride in the back but for a sublime 20 minutes I was allowed to to take the controls. Everything that needed to be compartmentalized in my mind was due to the extreme concentration needed to fly the aircraft.

My ground crew Bud, Sawyer and Pete have become my friends. They maintain and fuel Missie and we enjoy a drink in the mess bar afterwards. There I’m just ‘one of the boys’. Problem is for added authenticity I like to fly with the safety’s off and, although I have never had an injury I don’t think Captain Laque would like his medical Officer to be so cavalier with her life. So,I won’t do. I have a great responsibility to the crew and now to Jacques and is just that life is never so precious as when it is on the line.

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