LAKE CHARLES, LA (WVUE) - LSU Head Baseball coach Paul Maineiri flies high with the USAF Thunderbirds. Mainieri got to ride along with the famous team of pilots at an air show in Lake Charles.
To get ready for the flight, he was fitted with a special flight suit and even took a class on how to cope with the "g-forces."
Mainieri ranks it right up there with some other remarkable life events.
"Obviously winning a national championship, I got to ride in a Mardi Gras parade through the streets of New Orleans, getting to hold up the trophy. But, sitting in an F-16 Thunderbird, that's right up there with about everything I've ever experienced in life," beamed the coach after his ride.
Mainieri has a special connection to the Air Force. He coached at the Air Force Academy from 1989 to 1994.