UPDATE: Here is video of the official flyover from Super Bowl 55 from the Super Bowl. Next, we share an external video posted by Channel 10 in Tampa Bay. We also included footage from Mike Killian, an Avgeekery contributor below.
The Super Bowl is the big game. And each year there is a big flyover before the game at the National Anthem to kickoff the big event. In past years, the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels have impressed the roaring crowds below. We’ve shared videos of the flyovers on our site and even put together a list of the craziest flyovers in the past. Even one where a C-5 saved us from a terrible rendition of the National Anthem. Nothing though compares to this first-ever flyover planned for Super Bowl LV. An ultra-rare dissimilar formation of B-1, B-2, and B-52 will kick off the game this year. What’s even more impressive is that the designation of the aircraft add up to 55 (B-52+B-1+B-2)!
Simulate the big game and the flyover before it happens
The news coverage of the game is notoriously intense. Players are relentlessly hounded for insights and predictions are made. Each year, the Madden Football game also predicts the score of the game. It’s a simulation that is sometimes scarily accurate.
Fast forward to 2021, Avgeeks now have their own high quality simulation tool. They are using it to simulate the flyover for the big game. Just like Madden Football, the quality of the simulation has increased significantly in recent years. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 has photo realistic scenery, upgraded flight mechanics, and graphically intense clouds and flight models.
The flyover posted by FlyFS is pretty amazing. They even added timed music to the event. While the real thing will be better, this video serves as a great preview for one of the rarest formations flown by the US Air Force. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.
Not the first time this formation has flown in real life.
Back in 2017, this rare dissimilar formation of B-52, B-1, and B-2 flew for a photo shoot. Our friend, Sagar Pathak captured the unique formation that will be repeated for this year’s Super Bowl.