Guy Martin crashes at the Isle of Man TT in 2010
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Guy Martin, 39, took a trip back in time as he learnt to fly a World War 2 fighter plane in his latest series Battle of Britain. While watching the pros zip in and out of the clouds, the motorcyclist revealed it wasn’t as easy as it looks and admitted the had a few “scrapes” at the beginning of his “toughest” challenge yet.
I don’t mind telling you I had a few scrapes when I was in the air learning to fly that monster
The Channel 4 show, which began last Sunday night, follows the presenter as he trains to be a pilot but suffered a near disaster upon take-off.
In a new interview, he described the crate as a “monster” in the air.
“I don’t mind telling you I had a few scrapes when I was in the air learning to fly that monster,” Guy admitted.
“It was amazingly difficult!”
But he noted he had it easy compared to the soldiers who put their lives on the line all those years ago.
“I didn’t have Germans on my tail trying to shoot me down,” the presenter shrugged.
“So how tough must it have been back then?
“It brought home the huge respect we still need to have for those boys and what they did.”
Guy also claimed the bosses of the series hoped he would “throw up” while he was learning to fly.
While discussing the difference between flying and riding a motorcycle, he said: “It sounds daft but the hardest thing is that in a plane, it’s all in 3D.
“On motorbikes and in cars, I’ve been used to going left and right and back and forward. Simple. But in an aeroplane, you’ve got all that plus you go up and bloody down, which was weird for me.
“The slightest touch on the controls and it moves and dips all over the shop!”
And he thinks that the series bosses knew he may have a slight issue above the clouds.
“When we were looping the loop and doing evasive manoeuvres, you have to withstand incredible G-forces,” Guy explained to Radio Times.
“I ended up pulling 5G, which really makes you feel sick. The production team put a sick bag in the cockpit because I think they were hoping I’d throw up on camera!
Guy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]
“That just made me more determined to keep everything down,” he quipped.
“I did have a nagging feeling that I might blow at any moment, but thankfully I managed to keep a lid on it!”
Guy’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
The final episode of Battle of Britain airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.
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