Hixson Museum of Flight to Provide Historic Aircraft for Flyover at Talladega Superspeedway Before Camping World RV Sales 500
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega Superspeedway holds on to a proud tradition of patriotism that extends throughout the sport of NASCAR and its fans, and nothing embodies that tradition more than the flyover that precedes race action during an event weekend. Prior to the green flag for the Camping World RV Sales 500 on Sunday October 20, three historic aircraft from the Hixson Museum of Flight will soar above NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track while the crowd stands in honor of our country and our troops.
The aircraft being utilized for the flyover are two T-28 Trojans (Alpha and Bravo) that served in Vietnam and a C45-H Expiditor that saw service in Korea and Japan. All three aircraft tell a story. One such story from the T-28A Trojan includes being sold by the US Navy to Honduras for only one dollar in 1969 and shortly thereafter downing an El Salvadorian P-51 during the 100-Hour War between Honduras and El Salvador. The three aircraft can now be seen up close at the Hixson Museum of Flight located in the suburban community of Hixson, TN.
“Talladega Superspeedway and our great fans both have a long and storied history of being fiercely patriotic, and we wanted to continue that patriotism this year with aircraft that have helped protect our nation,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “We always use our Pre-Race Ceremonies to display our proud support of America’s armed forces, and getting to do so this year with aircraft that fought in some of our country’s most historic wars will be an honor for our us and our loyal fans.”
Lt. Col. Peyton “XMan” Dehart and Pete “Wheeler” O’Hare who have both served in combat tours from Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom to Operation Iraqi Freedom, will pilot the two T-28 Trojan aircraft, used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. The C45-H Expiditor will be manned by Gary “Mo” Franks.
The flyover will occur at the conclusion of the singing of our National Anthem during the Pre-Race Ceremonies. Moments later, fans will be treated to another one of Talladega’s famous traditions of presenting the American flag on the back of a semi-truck barreling around the track.
The Hixson Museum of Flight is a non-profit organization that relies solely on donations for support. The Museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Since the museums inception on June 1, 2010, it has restored to flight 4 historically significant aircraft while raising $18,000.00 for the local children’s hospital. The museum has plans to work on 3 other aircraft that have significantly impacted the history of the United States.
The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 18-20, 2013 for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend. For tickets and information visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Be a part of ‘Dega Nation by checking out www.facebook.com/TalladegaSuperspeedway or on Twitter @TalladegaSuperS. This is more than a race…This is Talladega!