OK, definitely not GA, but still pretty cool: Model Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated (SI) shot part of the famous swimsuit issue in a specially modified Boeing 727 owned by Zero Gravity Corp. to provide FAA-approved weightless flights for the public. There’s even a video of the shoot.
On March 18, Upton and ZERO-G flew out of Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. The 727, known as G-FORCE ONE, performed a series of 17 parabolas – 13 zero gravity and four replicating lunar gravity – as Upton bounced and soared through the plane for the cameras.
Upton’s weightless experience was not simulated — ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless airline flights for the public.
“The ZERO-G experience was really exhilarating for everyone involved,” said MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. “We have been almost everywhere in the past 50 years with SI Swimsuit, but we have never done anything like this. It was certainly the most out-of-the-box shoot.”
Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. The experience offered by ZERO-G is the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience “weightlessness” without going to space.
ZERO- G has flights scheduled throughout the year in Austin, Cape Canaveral, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
For more information: GoZeroG.com