At halftime, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar were on stage to make Super Bowl LVI one dedicated to hip-hop (finally). But there was spectacle in the sky as well, right during the final notes of the national anthem, when the U.S. Air Force (USAF) performed its usual flyover with some incredible military birds.
As announced ever since late January, this year’s flyover was performed with five aircraft: the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the star of the entire lineup, a P-51 Mustang deployed over the SoFi stadium by the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation.
The ink is not dry yet on this year’s Super Bowl, so we do not have official images yet from what went on in the skies over Inglewood. We expect details to emerge shortly, and as a taste of things to come, Mustang included, Combat War Footage published a cockpit view of the flyover that took place in 2018, during Super Bowl LII, over the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
We see a P-51 Mustang, deployed with the Wings of the North Air Museum, leading a formation of two A-10s and an F-16, with the images shot from the cockpit of the F-16 that brings up the rear. And we also get a hell of a sunset...