FLYOVER ALERT: Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl Flyover

Airshow fans! Tune into NBC Sunday at 6pm to see the USAF Thunderbirds flyover the Super Bowl! Six red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons from the USAF’s aerial demonstration squadron will flyover around 6pm Eastern time at the end of the National Anthem to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Air Force. The flyover should be televised live on NBC.

Following the Super Bowl flyover, the Thunderbirds will perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations this season. 2015 is the team’s 62nd season.

The Thunderbirds won’t be the only aerial assets in the air during the Super Bowl. F-16s from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing in Tucson will be enforcing the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in effect over the stadium and Blackhawk helicopters from US Customs and Border Protection will also be on site.

FLYOVER ALERT! Pro Bowl and Super Bowl!

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F-35 Flyover Luke Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin

Football fans and airshow fans will both want to tune in over the next two weekends to catch some great games and great flyovers! Luke AFB, located in Glendale, AZ announced Tuesday that four F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron will perform the flyover for the Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium, scheduled to be shown on ESPN this Sunday, January 25th. This will be the first ever public flyover by the F-35.

In addition to the flyover, a joint honor guard from Luke AFB will present the colors and servicemembers from across Arizona will be at the stadium.

One week later on February 1st, make sure to tune into NBC as the USAF Thunderbirds flyover Super Bowl XLIX during the pregame activities!

Photo by Darin Russell/Lockheed Martin

Raptors in Green Bay: the Packers Veteran’s Day Flyover

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F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

On November 14, 2014, four F-22 Raptors from Langley Air Force Base flew into Austin Straubel International Airport for the flyover of the Green Bay Packers versus the Philadelphia Eagles that following Sunday. With the restrictions on military flyovers being somewhat lifted, military aircraft have been flying over stadiums more frequently in the past few weeks. On the Sunday afternoon, approximately two hours before kickoff, business jets from around the country were flying into Green Bay carrying VIPs anxious to watch the football game. The ramp was full of parked King Airs and Gulfstreams, but four imposing F-22s sat front and center in a coned off section of ramp.

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

While arriving guests checked in at the front desk of the FBO, the two flyover Raptor pilots geared up on a couch in the lounge. Ground crew also walked in and out, grabbed gear from a pile of rucksacks in the corner of the room. Many visiting pilots stopped to chat about the jets. About an hour before kickoff, the pilots and crew gathered at their jets. The famous Green Bay weather was brisk, with a strong wind making it feel even colder. One of the jets howled to life quickly, but the other coughed and sputtered and refused to get going. Luckily the pilot was able to slide into one of the other jets and start it up.

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay
F-22 Raptors in Green BayF-22 Raptors in Green Bay
Once they warmed up, they taxied out, gave the onlookers a wave, and proceeded to the runway. With a deafening full afterburner takeoff, they were airborne very quickly. Feeling the power of an F-22 Raptor taking off is an absolute treat.

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

F-22 Raptors in Green BayF-22 Raptors in Green Bay
The stadium is only a few miles from the airport, and while we were able to see fireworks for the national anthem we didn’t see the jets go over. Low overcast may have prevented the flyover from happening, but they soon returned with a break to land over the airport and landed. The pilots got out, gave each other a high five, returned to the lobby, and grabbed a ride to the stadium. After all, even the pilots want to see the Packers!

F-22 Raptors in Green Bay

USAF to Resume Flyovers at Special Events

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military flyoversThe United States Air Force announced today that they will resume flyovers at select major sporting events in October.

Back in March 2013, Sequestration grounded all flyovers and airshow demonstrations. In September of last year, airshow performances by the USAF Thunderbirds and F-22 Raptor were approved for 2014, but the Air Force outreach budget was cut about 45% overall. This limited any flyovers. In the past, over 1,000 events nationwide had flyovers.

Chief of Civic Engagement for Air Force public affairs says: “The Air Force does not yet have fiscal 2015 guidance from the Defense Department for its flyovers, so the service must abide by fiscal 2014 guidance that requires the service to request an exception from the Defense Department for flyovers.” 

Judging by this statement, it seems that while some flyovers will resume, there won’t be many of them and it’s not back to the old days. However, it’s nice to see flyovers resume to some degree!

The following events will have a flyover from the USAF:

  • Oct. 3 Major League Baseball playoff game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants
  • Oct. 4 Air Force Academy game against the Naval Academy
  • Oct. 11 NASCAR Bank of America 500 in Charlotte,NC
  • Oct. 18 Air Force Academy game against New Mexico

Information from the Air Force Times contributed to this blog post. 

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