Thanks for the heads up. These flyovers and other events will make these games that much more memorable. I hope to see at least one.
2010 Season Flyover Plans
there will obviously be no sonic boom.
also, i hope these planes don't turn into robots and get in a fight, destroying the stadium in the process.
Sorry just had to.
"Autobots, transform and roll out!"
This is what you meant. Unless of course you meant "Avengers assemble!", which you didn't so don't even pretend.
It should really be Decepticons. (Yeah, they've crossed over a lot...but I'm old school geek).
Actually, there weren't any Decepticon A-10s... the Autobot, Powerglide was an A-10.
He is one of the few Autobots able to fly, and takes full advantage of this, using massive bursts of acceleration to outpace his opponents.
And since the A-10 love in the post hadn't started yet, the OP was referring to ALL the planes. The F-16 flyover too. And, at last early on, they were Autobots, because they were mostly cars. And the planes and stuff were all the bad guys. Before it became a free for all.
*This geeky post is supported by the fact that it brings more attention to this thread, with worthy news and acknowledgment.
The Aerialbots screwed up everything.
I think you meant to say "News team, assemble!" (Anchorman)
The Sonic Boom will occur when Denard breaks a run into the secondary.
Dude that is awesome. The A-10s are one of my favorites. I'm told that the Iraqi's refer to it as "Silent Death". That could just be inflated military stories though. :)
The A-10 was just about the coolest GI Joe toy. (Though technically belonging to Cobra).
When the A-10 comes in at it's nominal steep angle of attack to a ground target it makes virtually no noise. Thus when the cannon is fired usually you are blowing up on the ground before you even hear the growl of the cannon. You don't hear the jet itself till it turns or flies past.
Not many people know that the A-10 was very very close to being decomissioned and retired prior to the Gulf War. With the success of the F-16 and the F-15 there wasn't deemed a need for a subsonic attack aircraft. Then Desert Storm happened and about the only plane that had any success on the ground was the A-10. Combined with it's reliability made it the perfect weapon for ground and urban warfare.
Pretty messed up that you can say that and think it's just pretty freakin' cool.
I'm taking my oldest little girl to the Illinois game (her first M game MGoBloggers!) so this will just add to her experience.
is one of my favorites... Those planes are tough!
Saw pics of one from 1st gulf war that lost majority of a wing and still landed safely....
Our plant had the honor of dissembling that particular warthog rivet by rivet afterwards.
Also I will be sending this link to the rest of my family, thanks Shoe
That's going to be sweet.
Shoe, any idea on when the pre-game (non Natl Anthem) Flyovers occur?
Are the A-10s for the flyover the originals, or the revamped A-10C's? Either way I will get goosebumps seeing those... All time favorite planes, easily.
You should come to Tucson then, the A 10's train out of here and are constantly flying all over town. Pretty cool planes indeed.
You lucky dog. I have family in Phoenix... I might have to make a trip out that way next time I am out there, it would definitely be worth my time.
A10s fly out of Selfridge in Macomb county multiple times a week. They are always flying over my house... Never gets old.
I'm listening to the national anthem on Davis-Monthan's loudspeaker as I type this.
What was the best flyover at a game involving the Wolverines? My vote goes to the B-2 stealth bomber flyover at the 1997 (technically 1998) Rose Bowl game. It wasn't fast and wasn't all that loud, but the awe it struck was awesome. That said, the standard two F-18s or F-16s flyover never fails to generate goosebumps!
If you watched the parade earlier I believe that was the year where the B-2 flewover with a Stealth Fighter and the now defunct F-22 prototype on its wings. That was a hell of a flyover with literally billions of American dollars in 3 planes. Sadly they just had the B-2 flyover for the actual Rose Bowl.
I thought this was at the 2004 Rose Bowl where the B2, F-117 and F-22 did a flyover. I was looking for the pics I took but can't seem to find them. I know for certain that all 3 flew over prior to the game.
Yes -- the 2004 Rose Bowl was when a B-2, F-117 and F-22 flew over the stadium. My pix of it are on my old desktop...
Yep, the 2004 Rose Bowl was the best flyover I've ever witnessed. I also have pics somewhere, but here's a youtube video I found (kinda grainy).
From a technological standpoint, the B-2 is the most stunning, and menacing, aircraft in existence. A modern marvel. Toss a Raptor and a 117 on its wings and that's a helluva flyover. Thanks for the post, Shoe. Class of '04 - AFROTC Det 390
What an awesome sight.
I used to have seats near the top of the North end zone, and I never saw the planes coming. If I had a nickel for every time I had to leave a game early because the USAF made me shit myself...
When you see one of their shows, there's a part of the routine where Lead Solo is demonstrating the F/A-18's high-alpha capability, (i.e. really slow flying) down the flight line. Suddenly, from behind the crowd, Opposing Solo breaks across the field at about 350 kts.
Shitting yourself indeed.
There is a scene at Red Flag exercises at Nellis. From a slow motion camera on a ground target (an old, tracked vehicle of some kind) you can see an A-10 roll in on a target and open up with the Vulcan. I can't imagine being on the receiving end of that. Talk about the definition of a "really, really bad day."
Even when I knew they were just practicing, and even when I knew they were the good guys and on my side, it was scary. I wanted to surrender to somebody on the spot. Make it stop.
Tiny correction: The A-10 actually uses the GAU-8 Avenger, a 30mm cannon. The Vulcan is a 20mm cannon used by most other fighter aircraft (F-15/16/18).
Fly-overs are so cool, especially when they are extremely low, have full after-burners going, and are so loud that it shakes your chest. Too bad they aren't like that more often!
Due to FAA flight restrictions and Navy rules on speed and altitude for special events, the flyovers you have seen at Michigan games restrict the pilots from using afterburners and being below 1,000 AGL (above ground level). However, I agree that it is loud as hell. It is especially hard to hear the Color Guard Commander (person in charge of raising the flag) give orders while the fly-over is taking place.
Edit: 2 Navy F-18 Pilots lost their wings after a flyover at a Georgia Tech game last year because they were below their minimum allowable altitude.
.... this was a LOW-ASS pass. The pilots (Yellowjackets alums) were permanently grounded for this one (move ahead to 50 sec mark):
And trust me, as hard as it is to earn your wings of gold, this "flat hatting" was definitely not worth it. In fact, I had to stay in on both Friday and Saturday night this weekend to study for my flights. Those guys worked SO hard to be Hornet pilots and in a matter of seconds, it was all for nothing. A very sad story, but something us young student naval aviators can learn from.
I'm looking forward to this opener more than any opener in history. Brandon mentioned that there would be some "inspirational moments" and I assumed he was referring to Brock leading the team out.
Just don't let the Air Force do the flyovers, at the OSU game last year they flew by way too early during the anthem. I kid, I kid.
Get some Prowlers/Growlers from Andrews if you can.
Most Navy F18s (Hornets and Super Hornets) are based in NAS Lemoore in California. The new Growlers (replacing the Prowlers) are also Super Hornets, but based out of NAS Whidbey Island in Washington. The US Marine Corps also have F-18s based out of Miramar, California. These are the only squadrons based on the West Coast. There are 5 of us Michigan alumni in flight school at NAS Corpus Christi flying T-34s. We can't wait for the day when we can do a fly-over at Michigan Stadium (don't worry, not in the T-34s)!
The only place you will find Prowlers in the lower 48 are Whidbey Island, WA (Navy) and Cherry Point, NC (USMC). The Growlers are also only found in Whidbey Island, WA.
The weirdest was Buckley AFB in Aurora, CO
Yes, they sometimes do dets.to different places such as Fallon for Red Flag, El Centro for bombing practice, or various other places. My earlier comment was in regards to their "home" bases.
B-25s rule. Nuff said.
Just another reason I'm extremely jealous of all the lucky fans that will get to be in attendance for that game.
I will be at VMFA-112 flying hornets starting in Nov. Probably won't be able to do a flyover this season but hopefully next. Who do I contact to get the ball rolling?
I'm doing a refresher in Oceana after two years in a joint billet so probably won't attack this until I join the Cowboys. I'm actually not a reservist, just got hooked up with a good deal to be on of the AD guys with the squadron. There are quite few Michigan connections in the squadron so I think interest should by high.