Carl Edwards' F-16 Fighter Jet Flight - October 19, 2005 Edwards to race against the speed of sound Concord, N.C. (October 11, 2005) - There is no doubt that Carl Edwards is all for going fast. On October 19, 2005 he will have an opportunity...
Carl Edwards' F-16 Fighter Jet Flight - October 19, 2005
Edwards to race against the speed of sound
Concord, N.C. (October 11, 2005) - There is no doubt that Carl Edwards is all for going fast. On October 19, 2005 he will have an opportunity to experience a different type of speed - actually approach the speed of sound. Edwards won't be driving his No. 99 Office Depot Ford or his No. 60 Charter Ford Taurus at the track that Wednesday, but instead he will climb into the cockpit of an Air National Guard F-16 Fighter Jet for a rare orientation flight.
The National Guard has been an associate sponsor with Edwards and the No. 60 Charter Team all season. The National Guard was a primary sponsor on the No. 60 Ford Taurus for the earlier Charlotte race May 29, 2005 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Next week Edwards will reach speeds he's only dreamed about. He'll fly in a jet capable of reaching Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound), which is around 1,500 mph. Edwards will take a ride in an F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 169th Fighter Wing of the South Carolina Air National Guard. The flight will take place at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, just outside of Columbia, South Carolina.
"I just can't wait," said Edwards. "It will be so awesome! I have wanted to fly in a fighter jet my whole life. I have spoke with Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard NEXTEL Cup Ford who flew earlier this year in an F-16 and he said it's like nothing else. I am proud to represent the National Guard every week on our car. I can't thank the National Guard enough for providing me this great opportunity. I am totally pumped. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can't wait."
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to- surface attack since 1979. The F-16 has been a major component in the war on terrorism flying thousands of hours for Homeland Defense.
It will be difficult for Edwards to slow down, when he jumps back into his Ford Taurus October 22nd in Memphis, TN. Edwards will be running his NEXTEL Cup No. 99 Office Depot Ford that weekend in Martinsville, VA and driving his No. 60 Charter Communications Ford in Memphis, TN. This will be his last weekend of split race venues this season. Edwards probably wishes he could borrow the F-16 for his trips back-and-forth.
About the South Carolina Air National Guard
The South Carolina Air National Guard was formed in December 1946 and today is made up of 1,200 members who train at McEntire ANG Station. The 2,400- acre base is located about 12 miles east of Columbia. The principal unit of the South Carolina ANG is the 169th Fighter Wing, which flies the F-16C Fighting Falcon. The 169th FW has deployed to every major conflict in Southwest Asia in recent years, flying nearly 3,000 combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
About the National Guard
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the National Guard website at www.1-800-GO-GUARD.com. About Roush Racing
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich.-based Roush Industries that operates 10 motorsports teams: five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards; and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Todd Kluever and Ricky Craven.