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12/13/2013 09:47 EST | Updated 02/12/2014 05:59 EST

Supersonic sketches capture the art of flying a CF-18

A Vancouver artist says he became the first person to make art while flying at supersonic speeds, when he was allowed to take a 90 minute flight in a CF-18 fighter jet.

Michael Markowsky got the chance as part of  the Canadian Forces' Artist Program, which supports Canadian artists who wish to contribute to the history of the Canadian Forces. 

Flying in a fighter jet is something Markowsky says he's wanted to do since he was a kid going to air shows. 

"I was finally able to achieve my dream," Markowsky told CBC Radio's Rick Cluff on The Early Edition.

But getting the permission for the 90-minute flight  this past July did not happen overnight. Markowsky worked on his proposal with the Canadian Armed Forces for five years, and underwent six months of extensive training before he even got on base.

"It's probably the first time an artist has had to physically train!"

While he was up amongst the clouds in Canada's most sophisticated front-line combat aircraft, a RCAF CF-18 Hornet fighter jet plane, Markowsky managed to sketch 100 drawings of the flight.

Flying with a license pilot from the armed forces, Markowsky says he was able to control of the plane at times, proudly noting he was able to do a "loop-de-loop."

He says at first people in the forces were skeptical of his plan, but they appreciated the art afterwards.