Sherman to Fly with the Air Force's World-Famous Thunderbirds Charlotte, NC. - Brent Sherman, driver of the No. 58 Serta Mattress/Hickory Farms Dodge Charger, will be an honorary guest of the world-famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds. On...
Sherman to Fly with the Air Force's World-Famous Thunderbirds
Charlotte, NC. - Brent Sherman, driver of the No. 58 Serta Mattress/Hickory Farms Dodge Charger, will be an honorary guest of the world-famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds. On Wednesday, March 9, 2005, Sherman will take to the skies for a special celebrity orientation flight in the F-16D Fighting Falcon with the premier Aerial Demonstration Team for the Thunderbirds at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Before starting his career in the NASCAR Busch Series, Sherman was enlisted in the United States Air Force for six years. Sherman qualified for Combat Control training in the Special Forces before receiving his USAF Wings and being assigned to the 963rd AWACS Squadron. Stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, Sherman flew on radar jets tracking Air Force aircraft. He also logged 3000 hours among combat, surveillance, and instructing missions all over the world.
"After being in the Air Force for six years, I know how respected the Thunderbirds are; I feel lucky to have this opportunity to fly with them" Sherman said.
The Thunderbirds are an elite flying squadron that represent 690,000 men and women making up the Active Duty Guard and Reserve Air Force team. The flight is designed to demonstrate the awesome capabilities of the F-16 and its pilots.
Sherman will join a list of sports superstars including Tony Hawk, Terrell Davis, Joe Montana, and Tiger Woods who have all enjoyed an orientation flight with the Thunderbirds.
Sherman's involvement with Nellis Air Force Base continues after the flight. On Thursday, March 10 he will be at the base taking a tour and signing autographs.