WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — As the racers brace their bikes, the Air Force revs its engines for takeoff.
Every year, the Air Force volunteers to do a flyover at the event to show their support to the community.
“Hotter’N Hell is obviously a very big event for Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities, and so we want to do our best to represent the Air Force, but also to really show the Wichita Falls area that we’re thankful for the support they’ve given Sheppard Air Force Base,” said Captain Austin McDaniel.
The North Texas native leads the formation with airmen from all parts of the country. Exactly half are a part of the “Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training” program.
“We’re going to have a multi-ship formation of four ships to be exact, two T-38 and T-6s,” said McDaniel. “Of those eight pilots, four nationalities will be represented from Portugal, Great Britain, the United States and Greece.”
Because part of the race runs through the base, McDaniel said he believes this further ties the Air Force and Wichita Falls communities together.
“I think this is a great way to do that,” he said. “Invite the riders to come on base, see the facilities that we have, see some of the planes up close that you may not normally get to see at your normal airport and just kind of share in the experience with the community, with the riders, with the base.”
For more information on Sheppard Air Force Base’s participation in Hotter’N Hell, visit their Facebook page.