WALL STREET JOURNAL - Joe Morgenstern Takes One Small Step for a Movie Critic With a Zero-G

Everyone has flying dreams, but a week or so before my recent zero-gravity flight, I started to have floating dreams in which I was my own little planet, suspended in weightless serenity within some infinite but welcoming space. My actual experience differed quite a lot.

It began at a smallish airport in the San Fernando Valley, where a Boeing 727-200 awaited me and a couple of dozen other passengers dressed in quasi-astronaut suits provided for the occasion. The airplane was operated by the Zero Gravity Corporation, a commercial venture that gives its passengers a chance to experience weightlessness. The flights usually last 90 minutes and, in our case, took us out over the Pacific Ocean, where we flew at altitudes between 25,000 and 30,000 feet.

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