Robby and I went down to Fullerton to learn formation flying, low and hi yoyos, lead and lag pursuits, displacement rolls and all other sorts of dogfighting maneuvers.
The pilots with us take off and land. Once we're in the air, the plane is under our control. Don't ask me how or why this is safe -- I still don't know, but it actually seemed relatively safe at the time.
Check out the video I put together to see us dogfighting, go inverted and into huge loops, and pull some other crazy moves.
The program is called Air Combat USA and flies out of over 15 locations across the US.