TSRA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 205 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7895 times:
There was a post during Dayton about airlines upgrading equipment but what about the private planes and support planes for each NASCAR event? Does the NASCAR Airforce still operate? I know in the past certain teams were flying everything from SAAB 2000s to a 727, is that still the case? I would be interested if anyone has a list of all aircraft that are flown during all races so I can track them (if possible).
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21781 posts, RR: 19 Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7781 times:
Quoting TSRA (Reply 2): Do you know where they fly out of?
JQF. Most Nascar flights use JQF or SVH, so looking at flights from those airports to race sites is probably the closest you'll get to a list. Bear in mind, too, that many higher-profile drivers (e.g. Jeff Gordon) have their own private aircraft that are blocked from flightaware and the like.
Airportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3323 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7749 times:
The Redneck AirForce is alive and well. That I can say with a great degree of certainty
Edit: I'd also like to point out that the folks flying these planes are some of the most pleasant flight crews I have ever dealt with in my time in aviation. Professional, courteous, and a great sense of humor. Wish I could say that more often!
Serial Number 258170 Type Registration Corporation
Manufacturer Name BRITISH AEROSPACE Certificate Issue Date 07/05/2005
Model BAE 125 SERIES 800A Status Valid
Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Type Engine Turbo-fan
Pending Number Change None Dealer No
Date Change Authorized None Mode S Code 50427165
MFR Year None Fractional Owner NO
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3663 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7347 times:
Roush had a couple vintage 727-100s until they replaced them with the -200s. Hendrick also has/had a couple Beech 1900s & King Airs.
There was a video on ESPN.com's NASCAR section last year which featured Michael Waltrip Racing's aviation department, showing off the Brasilia & CRJ they have. It was an interesting look into the NASCAR Air Force, though I've had trouble finding the clip recently.
Tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1460 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7270 times:
It's a crazy mad dash after the race to get out of the airport. I have flown some NASCAR charter flights for a certain team and wasn't a fan of the whole deal, especially at small uncontrolled fields. The Concord, NH race was the craziest I did and the 727's were there too at that little airport.
toneale From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 31 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6888 times:
I fly out of JQF where many of the teams fly out of. Jimmie Johnson has a beautiful Hawker. Joe Gibbs has a Saab 2000 (May have purchased one from Hendrick) and a Lear 31. Roush is building a hangar at JQF and is expected to move his 727s there from CLT. The hangar includes an apartment for Jack on top. Hendrick has Gulfstream for himself. Rusty Wallace has a Citation as does Waltrip. Robby Gordon has at least one King.
FLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 263 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6789 times:
I live a few miles from JQF, but haven't driven by since the season started. Last year ExpressJet had 3 or 4 ERJ-145s based at JQF for the season and the previous year, in addition to the XJ ERJs, USA-Jet used to have a DC-9 running Nascar flights.
When is Roush moving up his 727s? That would be beautiful to watch one of those taking off from JQF!