Biffle To Fly In F-16 Concord, N.C. (April 26, 2005) - It is clear that Greg Biffle likes to go fast. If it's not in his No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus, it's his sand buggy in the Nevada desert, his...
Biffle To Fly In F-16
Concord, N.C. (April 26, 2005) - It is clear that Greg Biffle likes to go fast. If it's not in his No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus, it's his sand buggy in the Nevada desert, his motorcycle in the Carolina hills, or even an M1 Abrams battle tank in the desert just outside of Las Vegas.
However, this week in Montgomery, Alabama, Biffle will reach speeds he's only dreamed about. This Wednesday Biffle will take a ride in an F-16 fighter jet with the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard. The flight will take place at the Montgomery Regional Airport.
"I can't wait," said Biffle. "I've talked to a couple of other drivers who have gotten the chance to fly in an F-16 and they have all said it's like nothing else. The National Guard gave me the opportunity to drive an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank last year and that was pretty cool. This is another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can't wait."
This weekend Biffle will reach speeds of around 190 mph at Talladega Superspeedway in his National Guard Ford Taurus. This Wednesday, Biffle will reach mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) in the F-16, which is around 1,500 mph. Piece of cake, right?
Actually, Biffle will undergo a physical examination prior to climbing into the F-16 just to make sure his body will hold up to the extreme conditions. For example, when driving his National Guard Ford into the high-banks of Daytona, Biffle will experience around three-four "G's" (G-force is a measure of stress on a body during rapid acceleration). However, the F-16 is capable of pulling nine G's without even trying and the effect of nine G's on the human body is significant. As you pull more G's, your weight increases correspondingly and thereby, your 10 pound head will weigh 90 pounds when you reach nine G's.
If his head still fits into the helmet, Biffle will have less than 24 hours to recover before jumping into his No. 66 Ford Busch car for practice in Talladega on Thursday morning. Adrenaline junkie or speed fanatic, whatever you want to call it, Greg Biffle is not afraid to go fast and he's got a record to prove it.
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.
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.