Washington Capitals captain Chris Clark soared to new heights Wednesday afternoon and hit speeds of 700 miles per hour as he flew with the U.S. Navy’s famed Blue Angels. Clark and Navy Lieutenant Frank Weisser took off from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and reached a g-force of 7.5 in their 45-minute flight, more than double the g-force experienced on most amusement park roller coaster rides.
“It’s not often that you get to enjoy what truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Clark said after the flight. “I’m thankful to the Blue Angels and the staff at Andrews Air Force Base for the opportunity and thankful to all the men and women in our military for all they do to keep us safe and secure. To witness firsthand the stresses on your body that these pilots endure is really remarkable.”
Clark, an avid supporter of the U.S. military whose father was a member of the Air Force, was selected to fly with the Blue Angels to help promote enlistment in the military and the air show to be held at Andrews this weekend, May 16-18.