When you're watching the Blue Angels drop down within a few hundred yards of Lake Washington during Seafair this summer, pray the Navy pilots have tensed their abs. One didn't, and died, last year in S.C.:
A Navy Blue Angels pilot killed in a crash in a residential area last year apparently had become disoriented after failing to properly tense his abdominal muscles to counter the gravitational forces of a high-speed turn, The Associated Press has learned.
A report obtained by The Associated Press blamed the April crash on an error by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis, who died when his F/A 18 Hornet went down near a Marine Corps station in Beaufort, S.C. Davis was in his first season flying in formation with the Navy's elite aerial demonstration team.
More here. And listen to the Angels flying, properly tensed, here.