Did you know that history was made at the 2019 Indianapolis 500? Before the IndyCar drivers even started their engines for the 103rd running of the iconic race, while Kelly Clarkson belted out the National Anthem, more than 300,000 attendees and countless more NBC viewers got to witness the first-ever double flyover in Indy 500 history.

With four United States Air Force planes being involved in the pre-race stunt (P-40 Warhawk, P-51, A-10 Warthog, F-16 Viper), the A-10 and the F-16 planes sped around the track, and for the absolutely epic finishing touch, the F-16 shot straight up into the air. Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided this awesome onboard look at the F-16’s vertical climb, and let’s just say that this clip looks like something straight out of Top Gun. The U.S. Air Force definitely outdid themselves with these race day festivities. Fire up the Kenny Loggins, because this is a legitimate highway to the danger zone if I’ve ever seen one.

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Per Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

The A-10 and the F-16 airplanes raced around the track. When the airplanes returned to IMS for their second act, the 300,000+ fans in attendance roared to life with cheers. Upon finishing, the F-16 aircraft shot up in the air and performed a “quick climb,” which is a tactical move fighter pilots use in combat to get out of harm’s way. The aircraft ascended straight into the air above the track and provided a stunning view of The Racing Capital of the World as those at the Speedway lost sight of the plane, but the plane got a better sight of the Speedway.


I don’t care if it’s a high school football game or the Super Bowl. Any flyover makes for a seriously amazing experience. Chills, no matter the occasion or venue. That being said, this particular flyover for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 is on another level of awesome, and getting the inside-the-cockpit look just adds that much more to the spectacle.


Considering the whole thing went down during Memorial Day weekend makes this momentous Indy 500 flyover all the more memorable.

This post was originally published on June 4, 2019.

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