Food, friends, and football; who isn’t excited for the 2024 Super Bowl. When you think of the Super Bowl, two things usually come to mind, the game and the half-time show. However, football and music aren’t the only things to watch. You mustn’t forget about the Super Bowl flyover tradition! The flyover is performed by the American Armed Forces and gets the audience pumped about the game. So, get ready to cheer on your favorite team and the flyover pilots.
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Get Excited for the Super Bowl Flyover
Get ready for Super Bowl 2024! This year it’s the Chiefs vs 49ers, which some people seem stoked about and others not so much. Not only are people pumped to see their favorite team play, but others are excited to see the Super Bowl flyover tradition, which is more than a half-century old.
Flyovers came about in 1918 at the World Series in Chicago. The last four Super Bowl flyovers were performed by the Air Force. In the past, there was a bomber trifecta flyover. Super Bowl flyovers are special to some and are very fun to watch, as they acknowledge and appreciate Veterans.
How to Watch and Stream the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl plays on Sunday, February 11th at 6:30pm ET, and will be located in Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium. Wondering how to watch the Super Bowl? The game will be broadcasted on CBS and some other alternative streaming options are Paramount, FuboTV, Hulu, and live TV.
What Time Is the Super Bowl Flyover?
You can expect the Super Bowl flyover to happen during the national anthem, which is right before the game. Since the game is starting at 6:30pm EST you should see the flyover happening just before.
Recapping the 2023 Flyover Event
It was an exciting event in 2023 as an all-female team flew in formation over the stadium in an F-35C Lighting II, two FA-18F Super Hornet, and an EA-18G Growler. Seven flew during the game, while the other four served as alternates. All the women who took part in the flyover were super excited and glad to be there.
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Meet the Thunderbird Pilots
The Thunderbird pilots will be showing their tricks and skills in this year’s Super Bowl flyover.
Eight officers serve as highly experienced pilots, while four serve in critical roles from medical support to public affairs. There are more than 120 enlisted members that represent 30 different career fields and make sure equipment is in top shape.
The flyover pilots take over a big task during the Super Bowl. It is a very exciting and huge moment for the pilots, but at the same time they are concentrating on multiple things at once. In some cases, practice is very minimal and having to wing it sometimes is the only option.
Usually, the Thunderbirds start their season debut each year in Florida with a flyover at the Great American race, The Daytona 500. This year, they decided to start their debut earlier in their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The last time the Thunderbirds did a flyover was for the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.
Support Your Team and the Thunderbirds!
Are you pumped for the game and the Super Bowl flyover? Because I know I am! Come and watch the 49ers and Chiefs play against each other, and get a live shot of the Thunderbird flyover as the pilots grace the skies over the stadium. Happy watching!
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