LCDR Robert Michael Gershon, 32 at time of his passing, was piloting his A4 Skyhawk through a stunt called the opposing blivot, in which two planes approach head on, then, as they come within 200 ft. of each other, go into steep climbs. At the peak of the stunt, the pilots pull out of a 6,000-ft.-high loop, point their planes downward and crisscross paths at a 45° angle. It was during that precisely timed climax that Gershon's plane and another A-4 collided. The pilot of the other plane ejected and parachuted to safety, but Gershon's plane went into a dive that resulted in a crash.
LCDR, US NAVY
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