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Super Bowl flyover to feature A-10 jets from Davis-Monthan

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TUCSON- The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight will for the first time, perform a flyover during opening ceremonies at the Super Bowl.

"This will be the first time Heritage Flight has ever taken part in the Super Bowl. We're honored and really thrilled to be a part of this historic demonstration of air power,” said Major Daniel Levy, who'll be piloting one of the A-10's.

Two A-10 Thunderbolts from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, an F-16 and a P-51 Mustang are set to make a grand entrance on Sunday, flying over U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For Major Chad Rudolph, this marks his last official Heritage Flight. He’s ready, although the nerves are definitely kicking in.

"It's pretty exciting, getting a little nervous right now,” Rudolph said.

More than 100 million people from around the world will be tuning for the big game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

Timing the flyover just right with Pink’s rendition of the National Anthem could prove a bit tricky.

"If we know exactly when the singer's going to finish their last note, it's still a difficult process and then if you get a singer that's going to finish earlier or finish late it's going make that process much more difficult,” Rudolph said.

That’s where Captain Cody Wilton comes in.

"For the Super Bowl, I'll be the timing guy,” Wilton said.

It's up to Wilton to serve as the safety observer, keeping in touch with the A-10 crew, letting them know when execute the flyover.

Months of training is bound to pay off.

“To this point, it's just been training so for us, otherwise it's traveling to air shows, doing air shows, it's pretty regimented where in this one, it's kind of more up to us to figure out how we're going to get this done,” Wilton said.

The Heritage Flight’s monumental Super Bowl appearance goes well beyond the game of football.

"It's a huge chance for us to get out there and showcase the capabilities of these fine air craft and the United States Air Force Heritage Flight so people can see and have that pride in their nation and in their nation's Air Force,” said Master Sgt. Derek Allen


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