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I Believe I Can Sort of Fly Part Two

I Believe I Can Sort of Fly Part Two

Our monthly columnist Dennis Hensley faces his fear of flying with indoor skydiving at Universal Citywalk in Hollywood.

I'm up first. I consider humming R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" as I head to the entrance but I hated that song in 1996 and I hate it now. I take my place at the door of the tunnel as instructed, with my elbows close to my sides and my fists up by my shoulders. Then I lean slowly forward. Drew hoists me into position, gives me the "relax" signal and soon I'm flying on my stomach with 125 mph of air blowing right up at me.

I discover very quickly that every move has ramifications so the key is to stay relaxed and avoid jerky adjustments. I bump up against the sides of the tunnel a few times but no blood is spilled. My minute passes in a blur. I'm glad we've opted for the $59.95 two-jump package. That way, I can incorporate all the things I learned the first time into jump 2.

Pat's first try goes equally well. Afterwards, he says he felt a bit of discomfort in his testicles but I think he might just be showing off.

I try to smile more during jump 2 because Drew says that smiling minimizes the unattractive jowl jiggling that I've seen happening with others fliers. Drew also coaxes me to make subtle tilts with my hands, which cause me to rotate, like I'm on a turntable. It's super cool how that works. Iceman seems to be having a bit more fun with my wind levels this time as well. I rise higher and sink lower than I did the first time around. It's all quite exhilarating.

After Pat's second jump, Drew shows us how the pros rock a wind tunnel, flipping and twisting and soaring from the top to the bottom in a split second. He ends his exhibition by settling in the middle of the tunnel in a seated position, like he's at a desk. In Spidey lingo, it's pretty Marvel-ous.

After adjusting to life to back on earth, I thank Drew for the thrills, then ask him what he loves best about his job. "As kids, we all dreamed about what it would be like to fly," he says thoughtfully. "So that's the best part of my job, making people's dreams come true."

I wonder if he'd like to come with me on The Amazing Race.

Learn more about IFly Hollywood at and to find out if there's a Sky Venture wind tunnel near you, visit

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