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The GeekWire Summit’s own ‘Top Gun’: Ex-Navy pilot Dr. Missy Cummings on her 4G, inverted dive
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The GeekWire Summit’s own ‘Top Gun’: Ex-Navy pilot Dr. Missy Cummings on her 4G, inverted dive

Dr. Missy Cummings, who serves as director of the People and Autonomy Lab at Duke College, spoke about the way forward for driverless automobiles during a power talk on the GeekWire Summit in Seattle on Tuesday. However it was her time behind the controls of a Navy fighter jet that drew a enjoyable query from the viewers.

“I used to be one of many United States Navy’s first feminine fighter pilots, the truth is one of many first feminine fighter pilots for the USA normally,” Cummings mentioned to applause at first of her discuss.

She referred to as herself “the very best of the very best” at what she did — whereas admitting that computer systems have been all the time higher.

Higher than Maverick?

An attendee within the GeekWire viewers requested Cummings if she had ever been in an inverted, 4G dive with a MiG (Russian navy plane).

Cummings actually caught the reference to the 1986 hit “Prime Gun” (beneath), starring Tom Cruise as a cocky Navy fighter pilot.

“I’ll inform you that I by no means acquired to combat in opposition to MiGs, per se,” Cummings mentioned. “Have I been inverted in a damaging 4G? Completely. … It’s a person vs. machine while you’re flying a fighter like that. To have the ability to put it into very uncommon attitudes. It’s very turbulent … so wonderful.”

So that you’re the one … sure, ma’am.

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