Fox’s Maria Molina Flies With Blue Angels, Passes Out

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

She’s so cute, even while passing out. The things these weather babes go through for their audience.

Ever wonder what it’s like to fly in one of the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets? We got a glimpse of that this morning on Fox and Friends as our very own Maria Molina showed us how it feels to travel at the speed of the sound.

Crew chief Jared Mann said the Hornets are capable of traveling as fast as 1,400 mph.

They didn’t go that fast though, and it’s a good thing because at about half that speed, Maria briefly passed out.

Other than that, and throwing up a few times (don’t worry, it’s not on the video), Maria called it an “amazing experience” that she would do again in a heartbeat.

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9 Responses to “Fox’s Maria Molina Flies With Blue Angels, Passes Out”

  1. sound awake on 19/19/14 at 3:40 pm

    hopefully they have a flight leader this year that doesnt take them like 350 ft below minimum altitude on one of their easiest manuvers at an airshow

  2. RobM1981 on 20/20/14 at 9:51 am

    Poor Maria! She looked terrified as she came out of it.

    That must be a very unpleasant experience.

  3. Brent Glines on 20/20/14 at 10:13 am

    Just so you know, speed has nothing to do with whether you pass out or not. G forces are what causes that. Untrained people generally can only tolerate about 3.5 Gs. Fighter pilots can tolerate 7-9 for short periods of time, as long as they aren’t instantaneous Gs.

    I’ve taken an F-4E to 1.7 mach, no problem, but 6 sustained Gs will flat wear you out after a while.

  4. Pontotoc Bill on 20/20/14 at 10:15 am

    Maria didn’t look terrified, she looked like she was totally amazed at the strength required to fight g forces. Remember, she said she would do it again in a heartbeat. There is nothing like low altitude and pulling 6-8 g’s. I know as I did it for 10 years in the F-4 Phantom II. Best 10 years of my life!

  5. KGB on 20/20/14 at 10:20 am

    I felt like I reached 6 G’s this morning when I saw the sweater Maria was wearing to do the weather.

  6. Brent Glines on 20/20/14 at 10:21 am

    She wasn’t terrified, just disoriented. Under G, blood flow is interupted to the brain, and parts of it shut down. When flow is restored, different parts recover at different rates, which messes with your thinking, and is sometimes accompanied by uncontrolled muscle movements. Fighter pilots refer to this as ‘dancing the funky chicken’.

    Bill, where were you stationed? I was an F-4G Wild Weasel at George AFB and Spangdahlem.

  7. Doodahdoo on 20/20/14 at 4:15 pm

    As someone who has flown with the Thunderbirds, I have do e the 9g turn twice. While I did not pass out, I did get tunnel vision. The amazing part is that I was wearing a G-suit and my pilot was not. He used breath controls to keep his abdomen flexed thus preventing the blood from draining from his brain.

    I can tell you I was wiped out after the 90 minute flight so I do have some empathy for the reporter.