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Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Flyover to Feature Air Force F-35

December 16, 2015

Fans attending this year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will have an exclusive look at the new Lockheed Martin F-35As during the pre-game flyover. The Air Force version of the jets will perform a fourship formation flyover flown by pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

This is only the second time a flyover of F-35’s will have occurred at a sporting event, the first being this past year’s NFL Pro Bowl in Phoenix. This years Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played on December 29, 2015, and will kick off at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU and will be aired by ESPN.

“A Luke AFB F-35 jet flyover is a perfect complement to a bowl game celebrating the men and women of our nation’s armed forces,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “We couldn’t be more proud to begin our game with this historic tradition.”

These F-35s are from the 61sth Fighter Squadron, commanded by Lt. Col. Michael “Drifter” Gette.  The squadron is part of the United States Air Force’s largest fighter wing, the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, commanded by Brigadier Gen Scott Pleus.

Read the full article on the official Armed Forces Bowl website.