Mustang Slated to Buzz Boilermaker
May. 17, 2016
The Boilermaker Post Race Party will get a chance to glimpse a piece of history as three WWII-era aircraft again perform the traditional post-race flyover.
Due to budgetary constraints, as well as the departure of F-16 aircraft from Hancock Field in Syracuse, the military has in recent years not performed the iconic flyover at the end of the singing of the National Anthem.
In 2015, the flyover was performed by a P-51 Mustang and two T-6 aircraft, based outside of Albany.
Special Metals Corporation (SMC), located in New Hartford New York, is the sponsor of this year's flyover. "The Boilermaker Road Race is one of the best community events in the world with a massive Post Race Party" said William Farley, director of employee relations at SMC. "As an aerospace company, with a local presence, this was a natural fit."
The P-51 Mustang was the most famous US fighter aircraft in World War II, shooting down nearly 5,000 enemy aircraft in the European and Pacific theatres. Of the over 15,000 P-51s that were built less than 173 are airworthy.
"It's an honor to perform a fly over at such a wonderful community event, "said Mark Murphy, pilot of the P-51 named "Betty Jane". "The view of the runners from the air is amazing."
The 39th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place on Sunday July 10,106 in Utica, New York