The talented idiots at Sky Combat Ace let me fly a stunt plane (7 Photos, 1 Video)

The thrill seekers at Sky Combat Ace recently invited me to the Santa Monica airport to be a part of their Sky Combat Experience. In the SCA, a Vegas-based company, you actually become a fighter pilot, dogfighting in an Extra 330 LC against your opponent while YOU FLY THE F@KING PLANE???

It sounds absurd. Even more so if you consider than I'm deathly afraid of heights. I'm convinced this is why I was invited, for some reason people take great delight in torturing me and I've never said no to being tortured.

I brought our GM, Chris Davidson, it was his birthday and I like beating him at things.

At an altitude of 2,000 feet I was given controls of the aircraft, which was a mistake.

If you’re ever in Las Vegas and you love flying, the Sky Combat Experience is definitely for you. Read about the insanity right here. This was the single biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever had (and I’ve been thrown off buildings). Thanks again to Tex and Flash for inviting us.

  • playbill


    I propose making John do more things he doesn't want to do.

    • MOAR

      I agree. He is having too much fun, let's knock him down a peg or two.

    • Thomy G

      It should be an ongoing webisode. Chivisode

    • a-nom


      • Jen

        i fucking hate you, john. you lucky bastard.

        • a-nom

          My….my name's not John…but, thanks, I guess?

    • ColaChiver


  • Devon


    Poor Chris…

    • Wet_tosti

      Chris. Who is Earl and why did you keep asking for Earl?

  • bob


  • waldo

    At the !:54 mark, check out how close John is to that hillside, holy shit

  • dale

    Hot x 5!

  • MigraineBoy

    #7 So…how hard did you vomit?

    • _DoC_

      Watch the vid, derp!

  • damian warszawski

    I am the beat polish man alive!

    • Gonasiphaherpalitis

      Your Ivan "Polish Power"Putzki? Nice to meet you.

  • jennifer


    i would have lost it too. that looks pretty crazy

  • sjd

    Great video John ! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

    • @erinwillett

      He also shared his O face at about 58 seconds…

      I know..

      • Jen

        get it, girllll!!!

      • sjd

        And just when I thought his life couldnt't get any better…..

  • Iceman

    I expected that video to have the Top Gun theme before I clicked play. Way to not disappoint me!

  • GuntherSquirrel

    "I think drinkin last night was a bad idea." Classic…

    • design

      That may require a T-shirt submission for the next round…

    • tonym74

      How many times has that statement been uttered… after the fact…

      • Anonymous

        And how msny times was it ignored within 24 hours?

  • ChromeChiver

    I knew there was gonna be some puking after I heard you got hammered drunk and ate a huge breakfast

  • Way

    Hammered the night before + bacon = win

  • Juschlln

    hahaha yes! My cubicle neighbor just heard me snorting trying to hold in the laughs… props guys, that just made my day 🙂

  • xuocram

    hahahahahahahahaha awesome video

  • Matt

    Did you work out a KCCO price special… Cause I REALLY want to do this!!! It looks awesome!

  • HumpDan

    That music made it so much better.

  • HoustonCHIVES


  • BRAD

    hahahhahahhaha thats awesome!!! the look on chris's face over and over again is hilarity!!!

  • jamieC06

    hahaha thats was great!

  • Harry

    No one is wondering why the hell the chive has a general manger/

  • bonita chiver

    Sign me up!!!!

  • howley

    Best birthday ever!!!

    • howley

      Oh ye.. Happy birthday Chris!

  • acupofjoe


  • chicago

    to John – a drunkards victory. iron stomach goal achieved.

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