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Three USAF bombers to perform flyover at Super Bowl

Three USAF bombers to perform flyover at Super Bowl
A B-2 Spirit bomber, pictured, will join a B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress in the flyover at the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.  Photo by A1C Thomas Spangler/USAF 

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- For the first time, three different bombers will form the flyover at this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 7, the U.S. Air Force announced on Monday.

A B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., a B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and a B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., will participate in the event over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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The aircraft will take off from their respective bases, join up for the flyover and return to their bases following the flyover, "demonstrating the flexibility of AFGSC [Air Force Global Strike Command] bombers and their ability to deploy anywhere in the world from the continental United States," an Air Force statement said.

The Air Force performs nearly 1,000 ceremonial flyovers per year to display its capabilities to the public, and inspire patriotism and interest in aviation.

The events are regarded as time-over-target training for pilots, aircrew and ground control teams.

"Supporting this event is a tremendous honor for our command and the U.S. Air Force," said Gen. Tim Ray, AFGSC commander.

"We look forward to this opportunity to showcase the reliability, flexibility and precision of our bomber fleet to the nation during this exciting event," Ray said.

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