Hanging upside down 5,000 feet above the Delaware River is a bad time to remember that you forgot your parachute — especially when you notice that the guy sitting in front of you didn’t forget his. The guy in front is 32-year-old attorney Jim Beasley, Jr., who is at the controls of a vintage P-51 Mustang fighter plane owned by his father, prominent Philadelphia plaintiffs attorney James Beasley, Sr.

When the Mustang powers through two full loops without so much as a hiccup, the same cannot be said about its jumpseat passenger. “You doin’ all right back there?” Beasley asks through a crackling radio headset as we level off after the second loop.

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