Shaw F-16 will perform in historic flyover before Super Bowl

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 2/1/18

For a brief, loud, patriotic moment before Super Bowl LII kicks off in Minnesota on Sunday, Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base will be represented in a historic flyover.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon will be one of the four aircraft performing the …

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Shaw F-16 will perform in historic flyover before Super Bowl

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For a brief, loud, patriotic moment before Super Bowl LII kicks off in Minnesota on Sunday, Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base will be represented in a historic flyover.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon will be one of the four aircraft performing the formation over U.S. Bank Stadium at the start of the NFL's - and perhaps one of the world's - biggest annual game on Sunday as part of the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Program, according to 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Tech. Sgt. Nathan Allen.

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Super Bowl LII flyover announcement https://t.co/7SguqeyQoV pic.twitter.com/GJhHdux7Gp

Maj. John Waters, commander and pilot for the F-16 demo team at Shaw, appeared in an announcement video from Shaw and the Air Force.

"I have the unique privilege to represent the United States Air Force and the United States Air Force Heritage Flight Program to conduct the flyover for Super Bowl LII," he said in the video as he sat in the cockpit of an F-16.

The USAF Flight Heritage program presents the evolution of USAF air power by "flying today's state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft," according to the USAF. This is the first time the Heritage Flight team will conduct a flyover for a Super Bowl, and it will be broadcast live on NBC and in the stadium from multiple vantage points, including a camera mounted on one of the aircraft, The Associated Press reported.

A performance includes a current USAF fighter piloted by an Air Combat Command trained military Heritage Flight pilot and flown with a historic warbird piloted by a trained and certified civilian Heritage Flight pilot.

The Heritage Flight on Sunday will include the F-16, two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and one P-51 Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation in California.

"Never before in my more than 35-year flying career have I flown over the world's biggest sports stage: 111 million eyeballs is quite the audience," said Steve Hinton, who will pilot the P-51, to the Associated Press. "I'm extremely proud to represent the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation and fly alongside Air Combat Command pilots to honor the countless servicemen and women past and present who selflessly serve our country."