(Atlantic) A Cass County Pilot will be taking part in the pre-race “flyover” prior to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday evening.
The patriotic pre-race salute to the U.S. armed forces includes an air parade featuring at least five P51 Mustangs, and Mike Henningsen of Atlantic, who owns one of only 150 of them will be part of the fly over.
Henningsen and his former high school classmate Tony Buechler, who also owns a P51 Mustang, will be part of the fly over at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
“Tony has become real good friends with Jack Roush and he told me come on we are going to the Coca-Cola 600,” stated Henningsen. “We may or may not have these airplanes much longer and we are getting old, said Henningsen with a chuckle, so that is what we are going to do.”
“We are going to fly over the track an hour before the race and we will do the flyover right after the National Anthem.”
This isn’t the first fly over for Henningsen, who will be a wingman on this one.
“I don’t look down, I just look at the airplane next to me because you are only about 20-feet away from it,” said Henningsen. “This will be great, it is a special plane and there are not too many of them and I guess we are kind of the World War II Air Force anymore, absolutely great planes, great part of history and very important in winning World War II, and there is nothing quite like the sound and the sight of a bunch of P51’s.”
May 21, 2013