2003

VIDALIA AIR SHOW

 

 

 

 

 

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AIR FORCE RESERVE

WEíRE YOUR NEIGHBORS, YOUR FRIENDS, READY TO DEPLOY AT A MOMENTíS NOTICE

 

                                         
 

Who we are

The Air Force Reserve Command supports the active-duty Air Force mission in defending the United States through control and exploitation of air and space around the world.  It plays an integral role in the day-to-day Air Force mission with forty eight percent of the missions performed by reservists at eight percent of the cost.  More than 72,000 reservists are highly trained in numerous career fields and ready to deploy to anywhere in the world within 72 hours.  Job specialties, which are often compatible with the civilian market, include security forces, aircraft maintenance, electronics, intelligence, communications, computers, air transportation, medical and more.

 

The Show

First thereís an audible rumble.  A roar you feel deep in your stomach.  Itís no aircraft.  Itís the Air Force Reserve Above & Beyond Jet Car preparing to accelerate.  Before beginning his show, Scott Hammack, driver, slowly passes before the crowd as the afterburner shoots 20-foot flames, billowing smoke and mini sonic booms.  Then, before you can take a breath, the jet car is racing down the runway in a veil of smoke and shower of scarlet flames.  At the end of the runway, the jet car comes to a standstill.  An airplane above has challenged Scott to a race.  Jaws drop as the aircraft approaches and the jet car accelerates.  Within seven seconds the car overtakes the airplane at speeds of 350 mph or more.  During acceleration Scott is pulling 4.5 Gs, and as he deploys the parachute to bring the car to a stop, he experiences 11 Gs of negative force.  Eyes blinking, the crowd is astonished at what it just witnessed.  Scott safely climbs out of the car.