Amazing video shows what happens when a normal person flies a Thunderbird F-16

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A new stomach-churning video has been posted on YouTube and shows a regular man flying in a Thunderbird F-16.

Blair Bunting, a photographer, was gifted the once-in-a-lifetime flight after an assignment with the Thunderbirds, the elite group of U.S. Air Force F-16 demonstration pilots.

In the video posted on Tuesday, Bunting is seen sat in joy and terror as the jet loops through the sky, at one point accelerating up to 9Gs, The Huffington Post reports.

A blog post by Blair described the experience as "like a kid trying to sleep the night before a Christmas where Santa brings him an F-16."

He wrote: "Firstly, in no way is it comfortable, not even close. I began to feel my face melting away as the skin in my cheeks pulled down to my mouth. The colour from my vision was the next thing to fade away, first the reds, then the greens.

"Squeezing like hell, I did everything I could to get air into my lungs as the G-suit wrenched it out. With all the colour of a 1950′s television set, the next thing I noticed was that waves were starting to develop in my vision and a vignette appeared. All the while I am listening to the pilot's breathing and trying my hardest to match it."

Despite how terrifying the flight was, Blair added: "I am thoroughly grateful for this experience and will always be in debt to the Thunderbirds for this."

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