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NAS Lemoore Pilots Will Make Historic Super Bowl Flyover



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On Sunday, millions of eyes will be on the South Florida skies as United States Navy and Marine Corps jets fly over Hard Rock Stadium before the Big Game.
Pilots from NAS Lemoore will be at the controls of two of the featured military aircraft, including an F/A 18 Super Hornet and an F-35 joint strike fighter.

History-Making Flyover

This will be the first time in Super Bowl history that the two military branches have combined forces for this popular pre-game tradition.

“Incredible aircraft,” said Cmdr. Chad Heirigs of Lemoore-based Strike Fighter Squadron VFA 151 (“Vigilantes”). “More incredible are the people that maintain them.”

Pilots Featured on Super Bowl Live Webcast

His colleague, Cmdr. Desobry Bowens from NAS Lemoore’s VFA-41 (“Black Aces”) will pilot the flyover formation’s Super Hornet on Sunday.

Cmdr. Desobry Bowens (via Twitter)

When asked on the NFL’s Super Bowl Live webcast about the process for timing the flyover, Bowens said pilot training is the key.
“This is a subset of what we already do,” said Bowens. “To be on time, on target, first pass is our goal when we’re in combat operations. So we leverage that skill, those briefings, those techniques — and we apply them.”

Cmdr. Dan Kitts (via Twitter)

Click here to watch the NFL Super Bowl Live interview. 
“As professional aviators, we are proud to execute [this tradition],” added Cmdr. Dan Kitts of NAS Lemoore’s VFA 147 squadron (“Argonauts”). Kitts will fly one of two F-35C Lightning II stealth fighters in the flyover formation.
Despite being stationed on the West Coast, not all of the Lemoore pilots will be rooting for their home-state team.
“I grew up in Kansas City,” Cmdr. Heirigs said. “Being that we’re [based] in California, there’s a lot of young kids who are 49ers contingents. It’s OK, we’ll look past that!”

Video: Ride Along with the Flyover Formation.

(Video provided by U.S. Department of Defense.)
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