News & Multimedia

U.S. Military saluted at 96th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – The traditional pre-race ceremonies honoring the United States military at the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27 will culminate with a special four-plane flyover recognizing the magnificent history of the United States air power.

Salutes to the military will occupy many special moments during the pomp and pageantry of pre-race ceremonies on Race Day. Military members will march in uniform down the front straightaway. “Taps” will be played, and a military rifle team will fire a volley to honor America’s fallen heroes.

Florence Henderson also traditionally sings “God Bless America” and a member of the military will sing “America the Beautiful” to honor the country and its troops, and large American flags will be unfurled in the infield during the singing of the national anthem, which on Sunday will be performed by country music superstar Martina McBride.

The ending of the national anthem will climax when four iconic fighter aircraft soar over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the traditional pre-race flyover. The four planes include an A-10, an F-16 and two legendary World War II-era P-51 Mustangs.

The flyover will be provided by the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF), which honors the legacy of U.S. air power and supports the United States Air Force’s recruiting efforts by flying today’s state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter planes. AFHFF performances involve current USAF fighter aircraft piloted by Air Combat Command-trained military pilots. Those aircraft fly in formation with historical warbirds piloted by trained and certified civilian pilots.

The A-10, commonly referred to as the “Warthog,” has been in service since the early 1970s. A twin-engine, single-seat aircraft, A-10s played a key role during the Gulf War in 1991 in flying 8,100 sorties and being credited with destroying more than 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 military vehicles and 1,200 pieces of artillery.

The other modern day fighter participating in the flyover will be an F-16 Fighting Falcon, which is a compact, multi-role airplane. The F-16 is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.

Recognized as one of the most dominant fighter planes of any era, the Merlin-powered P-51 Mustang first entered World War II combat over Europe in December 1943 and also saw service in the Pacific. During the Korean War, P-51Ds were used primarily for close support of ground forces until withdrawn from combat in 1953.

This aerial display of U.S. combat history will be piloted by Major John Collier in the A-10, Major Brian Congdon in the F-16, with Dan Friedkin and Jim Beasley alongside in vintage P-51 Mustangs. For more information on the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight program, visit www.AirForceHeritageFlight.org.

The 96th Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) Sunday, May 27 and will be televised on ABC.
  

                                                         ***
2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2012 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

                                              …I5002012-036…

Media Contact:    J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6412 or (317) 750-9277, dboles@brickyard.com
Tom Surber, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6594, tsurber@brickyard.com
Media Website:        media.indianapolismotorspeedway.com
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
U.S. Military saluted at 96th Indianapolis 500
 
U.S. Military saluted at 96th Indianapolis 500
Pre-race ceremonies highlighted by special four-plane flyover
Read More
Related Media
Takuma Sato
 
Sato Adds Name To List of Legends with Spellbinding Indy Victory
It was easy to overlook Takuma Sato before. He shared his Andretti Autosport garage with five teammates, four of them with higher profiles. When the green flag dropped on the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, the motorsports world was keeping a close eye on another foreign driver, two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso of Spain.
Read More
Helio Castroneves
 
Castroneves Comes So Close to Sealing Legend Four-ever at Indy
The end was too familiar, too agonizing, too close to history. Once more, the bubbly Brazilian driving the No. 3 car would be denied victory number four at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Helio Castroneves tried to sound positive but couldn’t hide his disappointment after losing a late duel with Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday.
Read More
Michael Andretti
 
Andretti Reaps Indy 500 Rewards as Team Owner
Not a day goes by that Indianapolis Motor Speedway doesn’t remind Michael Andretti that he didn’t win the Indianapolis 500 as a driver. Lately, though, rarely a year goes by that IMS doesn’t reward him as a car owner.
Read More
Fernando Alonso
 
Alonso's Bid For Second Leg of Triple Crown Falls 20 Laps Short
Fernando Alonso’s attempt to win the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil went up in a puff of blue smoke today late in the 200-lap race. That’s when the promising run ended in his No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti Honda after the Spaniard led 27 laps – the third-highest total of the day – and was in contention for the lead through much of the race.
Read More
Takuma Sato
 
Sato Wins 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil
Takuma Sato used a brave outside pass of Helio Castroneves with five laps remaining Sunday to cap a day of drama with a victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Sato, from Tokyo, held off three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves by .2011 of a second in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda to become the first Japanese driver to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,457
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact IMS Sales Department at (317) 492-8739 or email at hospitalitysales@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
It's Pole day on @CrownRoyal Armed Forces Weekend & we can't wait to see you! Check out details on the day: https://t.co/yKQ6Db3YRK
May 21