ATLANTA — Kick-off of Tremendous Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will start in excessive style subsequent Sunday with an Air Power Thunderbirds flyover.
The Air Fight Command made the official announcement on Wednesday following a number of conferences with each NFL officers and the Tremendous Bowl host committee. The 53rd Tremendous Bowl will take heart stage throughout the globe on February 3, from Atlanta.
With smoke-on, the six jets of the Thunderbirds will soar over Mercedes-Benz Stadium to kick-off sports activities largest recreation as Atlanta-born R and B legend Gladys Knight concludes the singing of the nationwide anthem. Contained in the stadium, an all-service U.S. Particular Operations Command shade guard will current the nation’s colours for the sport’s nationwide anthem.
The workforce’s crimson, white, and blue F-16 Preventing Falcons will fly of their signature Delta formation 500 toes above the stadium at a velocity of about 450 m.p.h. The Thunderbirds flyover will happen at about 6:25 p.m.
“Supporting this occasion is an amazing honor for the workforce and the U.S. Air Power,” Thunderbird Commander Lt. Col. John Caldwell mentioned on Wednesday. “We look ahead to showcasing the pleasure, precision, and professionalism of our nation’s 660,000 complete drive Airmen to soccer followers around the globe.”
Whereas in Atlanta, the Thunderbirds will likely be supported by close by Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. The 94th Airlift Wing will headquarter the pilots and crew, and supply gas for the jets.
As for the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz, the NFL states it is going to be a recreation day choice to have it open primarily based on climate. NFL senior director of occasion operations Eric Finkelstein added on Wednesday that they might elect to depart it open only for the nationwide anthem and fly over.
The Air Power has a price range to carry out a number of flights above sporting occasions every year. Lately, the Thunderbirds have flown over a number of Tremendous Bowls, together with in 2017 and 2015.
America’s Ambassadors in Blue are led by new workforce commander Lt. Col. John “Brick” Caldwell. Thunderbirds 2 by means of eight are pilots Capt. Will “Boar” Graeff (left wing), Capt. Michael “Thorny” Brewer (proper wing), Main Whit “Skate” Collins (slot), Main Blaine “Spider” Jones (solo); Capt. Michelle “Mace” Curran (opposing solo), Main Eric “Miami” Gorney (operations officer), and Main Jason “Flack” Markzon (advance pilot and narrator).
“The F-16 is an excellent airplane to fly,” Main Collins famous. “There’s loads of flight management computer systems in there that aid you assist the plane to fly. So that you’re going from one G(ravity) to 9 G, it’s gonna be a clean experience all the way in which there.”