EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An incredible day that will be hard to top as I (Danielle Wagner) had the opportunity to take a flight with the Blue Angels.
Since 1946, the Blue Angels have represented the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps showcasing the power of naval aviation to audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad.
The Blue Angels typically provide three backseat flights at each air show site.
Tuesday afternoon, I was prepped and ready to take my flight.
"Jeff, tell my dogs I love them," I said as I boarded.
The Blue Angels did everything possible to make me feel safe, from teaching me breathing techniques to making sure I was buckled in to one final check of the jet.
I was nervous, but I knew I would never get this opportunity again. I let the excitement take over.
The experience is almost indescribable, and it starts with the take off.
There's really nothing like it, and nothing I could do to prepare for just how amazing this flight is.
My favorite part was going upside down.
"This is the textbook definition of hanging out," said Pilot Lt. Andre Webb.
The g-force is no joke. You feel a huge force of weight on you. I almost made it all the way to the end without passing out... almost.
"I thought I lost you for a second. I think you did."
Then we landed, and I completed my mission!
It's exhilarating, thrilling, and exhausting.
The Blue Angels also presented me with a plaque for completing the flight.
My body didn't cooperate fully until about 45 minutes after the flight, but it was all worth it!
"I made it!"
You can get a taste of the Blue Angels during the Chippewa Valley Air Show June 16 and 17 at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.