DC-10 air tanker performs flyover at NASCAR race

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T-911 DC-10 flyover NASCAR race
Air tanker 911, a DC-10, performs a flyover at the NASCAR Autoclub Speedway March 16, 2019. Screen capture from the Jennifer Calandrillo and MBM Motorsports video below.

At the NASCAR Xfinity race at the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, California something unusual happened before the race. Instead of a military plane conducting a flyover, a very large air tanker performed the task. That in itself is not common but one of the pilots in the DC-10 Tanker 911 was the father of one of the drivers about to get in his car and compete. RK Smithley was in the aircraft cockpit and his son Garrett Smithley was in the car’s cockpit. This was the first time ever that a parent conducted the flyover with a driver in the race and it was the largest civilian aircraft to open a NASCAR event.

T-911 DC-10 flyover NASCAR race
Driver Garret Smithley with Keeley Dubensky and the CAL FIRE Benevolent Fund car. March 16, 2019.

The flyover on March 16 was to honor the California Firefighters whose homes burned last year. Garret Smithley’s car had a huge logo promoting the CDF Benevolent Fund, an organization raising funds to help those 57 California firefighters and families who lost their homes and possessions in the wildfires last Fall. To donate, text this code: cdfracecar to 77453. This will send you to a link where you can directly donate or get the address for mailing a check. If you write a check, put cdfracecar on the memo line.

The video of the flyover below is courtesy of Jennifer Calandrillo and MBM Motorsports.

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2 thoughts on “DC-10 air tanker performs flyover at NASCAR race”

  1. Im a member of the nascar fan council,ive been trying to get nascar to ask calfire to have a couple of S2’s do it.would be cool,have several bases around Sonoma,so the people here know what they are,and care,i doubt anyone in socal cared,they most likely forgot about the fires after about a week. a calfire PIO and i have talked about it in the past,now hes been moved up the ladder i may mention it again

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