Thunderbirds Are Go For 2018 Daytona 500 Flyover

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US Air Force Thunderbirds

The US Air Force Thunderbirds are set to perform the flyover for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Florida this Sunday. This will be the team’s first public performance with their new leader, Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh.

The race will be broadcast on FOX at 2:30 PM Eastern time on Sunday, February 18th. Fans near Daytona Beach will likely see the jets flying around earlier in the weekend as well, as they practice (9-10am on Saturday) and take VIPs for media flights.

Flying over the race is somewhat of a tradition for the Thunderbirds, who use the trip as a warm up for their intense travel schedule during the regular airshow season. The team’s first full airshow performance is scheduled for March 24 and 25 in Melbourne, FL.

Aftershock Jet Truck Coming To Airshows In 2018

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AFTERSHOCK JET FIRE TRUCK

Darnell Racing Enterprises is adding a new jet truck to their lineup!

Claimed as the world’s fastest fire truck at an amazing 407 mph, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, the “Aftershock” jet truck is a new addition to the Darnells’ already popular collection of jet vehicles. The Darnell family also owns the Shockwave jet truck and two Flash Fire jet pickup trucks, which have been popular sights on the airshow circuit.

The 1940 Ford fire truck runs off of two Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper jet engines, which together make 24,000 horsepower. That’s 70% more horsepower than a NASCAR stock car and twice the horsepower of the Flash Fire Jet Trucks!

In a statement, the Darnell’s said that the addition of Aftershock was due to “continued growth and demand of the best jet powered vehicles in the world.”

The vehicle will be at several airshows and drag racing events during the 2018 and 2019 show seasons.

QF-4 Phantoms To Perform Flyover At Sunday’s NASCAR Race in Texas

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USAF QF-4 Phantom IIs
This Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will have a special treat – two QF-4 Phantoms for the pre-race flyover!

The flyover is scheduled for 2:02 pm eastern, 1:02 central time before the start of the race.

The QF-4s will base out of the Fort Worth/Alliance Airport, about 14 miles north of Fort Worth and very close to the Texas Motor Speedway. Expect them to arrive on Friday, November 4th.

If you live in the area, you may want to head out to catch the Phantom one last time. It’s possible the pilots may do some low approaches on arrival and departure!

What’s it like to flyover thousands of people in a QF-4? Find out in our RideAlong video below from Oshkosh!

2016 Indy 500 and Coke 600 Flyovers!

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Coke 600 Flyover to Feature 4 F-15Es

Sunday is a great day if you love aviation, or racing. With Indycar in Indianapolis for the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR in Charlotte for the Coke 600, there’s plenty of racing action. With Memorial Day on Monday, both racing series are honoring those who flew and gave their all with flyovers before the races.

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will feature two flyovers. The first flyover will be a two ship formation of a TBM-3E Avenger and a P-51 Mustang. Both aircraft are from the Commemorative Air Force. The second flyover will be a four ship of F/A-18 Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers from VFA-81 and VAQ-139. VFA-81 is based at NAS Oceana while VAQ-139 is home based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Four F-15E Strike Eagles will fly over the Coke 600 in Charlotte as well. Weather pending, the flyover should occur around 6pm. You can watch the race on your local ABC affiliate.

FLYOVER ALERT: Food City 500 (Bristol Motor Speedway) – April 17th, 2016

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Bristol Motor Speedway - Food City 500 Flyover

AirshowStuff has learned that two A-10 Warthogs from Moody AFB in Georgia will flyover the Food City 500 this Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway! The race can be seen on your local FOX affiliate. The flyover is expected around 1pm Eastern. If you live in North Eastern Tennessee, you may get a glimpse of the jets flying around before they do their flyover. They will launch from the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville and make the short trip over to the track for the flyover.

AirshowStuff Photographer Ricky Matthews will be on site and will try to get some video or pictures to post!

Two USAF F-35s to Flyover Sunday’s NASCAR Race

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USAF F-35 Lightning II - Luke AFB - NASCAR Flyover

Two F-35 Lightning IIs from Luke AFB will perform the flyover of Sunday’s NASCAR race (3/13/16) from Phoenix International Raceway. The race, which can be viewed on your local FOX affiliate around 3:30 pm Eastern, is not far from the base. Time on target is 3:32:30 exactly and the jets will fly from turn 4 to turn 1!

This isn’t the first time F-35s from Luke have performed flyovers. You may remember jets from Luke performed the flyover for the Pro-Bowl in January of 2015.

USAF F-35s will also be participating in 2016 Heritage Flights, flying alongside current USAF aircraft and historic fighters from previous conflicts. You can view the 2016 schedule for the F-35A Heritage Flights here!

FLYOVER ALERT: Thunderbirds in Las Vegas

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thunderbirds flyover
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a fly-by over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to start the NASCAR Kobalt Tools 400, March 9, 2014.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)

The USAF Thunderbirds will fly over the Kobalt Tools 400 this Sunday, March 6th. Expect the flyover around 3pm Eastern, noon Pacific. You can watch ‘NASCAR on Fox’ on your local Fox affiliate.

The team, based at nearby Nellis AFB, has performed the flyover at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for many years. The Thunderbirds will also fly their season-opening Creech AFB Appreciation Show soon, on March 8th.

See the rest of the 2016/2017 Thunderbirds schedule here

FLYOVER ALERT: Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Race

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t38

If you’re heading to the NASCAR Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway you’ll be treated to a USAF Flyover! 2 T-38s will fly over the Hampton, GA race track before the start of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The race will be broadcasted on your local Fox affiliate as well with the flyover expected around 1pm.

In addition to the flyover and race, numerous military salutes and performances by military drill teams will be performed at the race.

If you go, snap a picture and post it on our Facebook page! We’d love to see it.

FLYOVER ALERT: F-35 Flyover for Phoenix NASCAR Race

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F-35

Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, AZ will feature an F-35 flyover before the race. U.S. Senator John McCain will also be on hand to serve as the Grand Marshall.

The F-35 will come from Luke AFB, a nearby USAF training base in Glendale home to the 56th Fighter Wing which flies F-16s and F-35s. Over time, 144 F-35As will be based at Luke. The 61st and 62nd Fighter Squadron fly the F-35A. The 61st FS is fully operational and the 62nd FS is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

With the green flag scheduled for around 2:45pm EDT, expect the flyover around 2:28 pm EDT. The race will be shown on NBC. ‘

Photo courtesy of Lockheeed Martin.