Guy Martin crashes at the Isle of Man TT in 2010
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Guy Martin, 39, believes the bosses of his latest series Battle of Britain, hoped he would “throw up” during his “tough” training to become a fighter pilot. The Channel 4 show, which began on Sunday night, sees the presenter take on one of his toughest challenges yet, with a near disaster upon take-off.
That just made me more determined to keep everything down!
In a new interview, the motorcyclist admitted the experience was like nothing he’s ever done before in his career, pointing out the distinct differences between transport on the ground and the air.
“It sounds daft,” he said, “But the hardest thing is that in a plane, it’s all in 3D.
“On motorbikes and in cars, I’ve been used to going left and right and back and forward. Simple. But in an aeroplane, you’ve got all that plus you go up and bloody down, which was weird for me.
“The slightest touch on the controls and it moves and dips all over the shop.”
And he thinks that the series bosses knew he may have a slight issue above the clouds.
“When we were looping the loop and doing evasive manoeuvres, you have to withstand incredible G-forces,” Guy explained.
“I ended up pulling 5G, which really makes you feel sick. The production team put a sick bag in the cockpit because I think they were hoping I’d throw up on camera!”
But that just made him more determined to pull it off perfectly.
“I did have a nagging feeling that I might blow at any moment, but thankfully I managed to keep a lid on it,” he admitted.
As the two-part program takes a look back on history, the flamboyant telly star revealed he found it “difficult” learning to fly one of the British Second World War fighter planes.
“I don’t mind telling you I had a few scrapes when I was in the air learning to fly that monster,” Guy chuckled to Radio Times.
“It was amazingly difficult, but I didn’t have Germans on my tail trying to shoot me down. So how tough must it have been back then?”
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Guy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]
But the fact he had an instructor with him throughout reassured him that he “wasn’t going to die”, despite being “b****y tough.”
Guy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
The final episode of Battle of Britain airs Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4.
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