908th C-130 to perform flyover before Sunday's NASCAR race at Talladega

Published: Apr. 29, 2016 at 10:09 PM CDT|Updated: May. 7, 2016 at 10:09 PM CDT
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Aircraft 42, which sports the Alabama logo. (Source: USAF)
Aircraft 42, which sports the Alabama logo. (Source: USAF)

TALLADEGA, AL (WSFA) - Reservists from the 908th Airlift Wing will perform the flyover Sunday before the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway.

The C-130 flying over the track will be aircraft 40, sporting the logo of Auburn University. This "War Eagle" has been deployed in support of Operations Enduring and and Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and others.

If there is a mechanical issue with the Auburn aircraft, aircraft 42, wearing the University of Alabama logo will complete the flyover. Then the two aircraft will complete a training mission together.

The 908th is the state's only Air Force Reserve unit. The unit operates a fleet of eight C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft.

Known as the "Workhorse of the Air Force," this plane can carry 42,000 pounds of cargo, 92 troops, 64 paratroops or 74 litter patients.

It can fly up to 386 mph with a range of 5,200 miles.

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