Raffle tickets are being sold for a ride the day of the event in a P-51D aircraft, the fastest, most maneuverable fighter in WWII. Built in
by North American Aviation, the P-51 is powered by a Rolls Royce V-12 engine
and can attain a speed of 475 MPH. Over 10,000 were manufactured during WWII.
It is equipped with six .50 caliber machine guns and carried 9 yards of ammo.
When a pilot landed and had used all of the ammo, he would tell the crew chief,
“used the whole 9 yards.” Yes, that’s where the saying came from. Named Speed
Ball Alice, the P-51D the raffle winner will ride in is owned and operated by
American Airlines pilot Dan Vance. Los Angeles
In addition, the airshow will feature a WWII Hawker Sea Fury made by Hawker company in
The Sea Fury is a heavy fighter and known for its imposing size and mass.
Sanders Aeronautics, located on the Eagle’s England
will be performing the air show. The air show aircraft has been modified and
re-powered with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 14 cylinder engine. Sanders
Aeronautics also manufacturers smoke generators used on present day jet
fighters. The air show aircraft will also have two smoke generators installed.
The day of the event, there will be two Hawker Sea Fury aircraft and 3 P-51D’s
on display. All WWII aircraft on display will have straight pipe exhaust
systems. Nest Airport
For more information or car registration forms logon to www.ionerotary.org or call Dave
Wardall at 209-274-9160. Pre-show registration for cars is $25, $30 day of show. For lodging and general Amador County information go to www.touramador.com. The event will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Cost is $5 per car. Food and beverage and retail vendors will be on site. All proceeds will go to youth organizations, the Amador Interfaith Food Bank and other non-profit organizations.