According to Talladega Nights champion driver Ricky Bobby, “If you’re not first, you’re last.”
Luckily for an aviator, being first means both a trip to the legendary NASCAR superspeedway and the chance to see the car he designed race there on April 24.
Technology. sergeant. Andrew Brockman, a senior munitions inspector with the 96th Maintenance Squadron stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., won the “Paint Scheme Fan Vote Contest” sponsored by Petty GMS and the Air Force for his paint design dark green inspired by the famous B-29 Superfortress.
“The design pays homage to those who came before us, who flew in the face of death knowing they might never return home,” Brockman said. said in a press release. “I kind of wanted to convey where we are and also how far we are. Bombers paved the way to victory throughout the Air Force’s reign in the skies.
The B-29 is a four-engine bomber designed by Boeing during World War II.
The contest, which was held among airmen only, was decided on Twitter by about 4,500 voters.
“We wanted to involve Airmen from across the Air Force in our most visible partnership. With more than half of our enlisted jobs involving maintenance, this partnership reaches the mechanically inclined people we need to be recruited into our ranks,” said Master Sgt. Shawn Emmerling, Air Force Recruiting Service Event Marketing. “We wanted to showcase the talent of our Airmen outside of their normal jobs and then let NASCAR fans decide their favorite design. This paint design not only represents Air Force recruiting, but it reflects the entire Air Force and our heritage.
Brockman said his design was inspired in part by his branch, which turns 75 this year.
Its design will be featured on Chevrolet Camaro number 43, according to 3WEARthe local branch of ABC.
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