Release No. 18-22
Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey
413-568-9151 ext. 698-1299
Sept. 9, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing to Flyover the New England Patriots’ Home Opener
BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. – The 104th Fighter Wing is scheduled to perform an F-15 Eagle flyover for the New England Patriots home opener game Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts.
New England Patriots will kick off the home opener game against the Houston Texans September 9 at 1 p.m. The 104th Fighter Wing will conduct the flyover during the opening ceremony.
The F-15 Eagles will fly in formation serving as a symbol of air power and patriotism. Since the first flight as an independent service in 1947, the Air Force has provided our Nation’s most responsive and effective source of global vigilance, reach and air power in peacetime and war.
The flyovers performed by the 104th Fighter Wing's F-15 Eagles during any special events serve as an additional training opportunity for the pilots and ground crews, and are scheduled if the operational mission allows, as part of the regular annual flying training plan.
The 104th Fighter Wing is part of the United States Air Force total force, have members deployed all over the world and stand ready to fly, fight and win against worldwide threats in air, space and cyberspace. Our Air Force is fully engaged as part of America's Joint Force in every region of the world and every mission area across the full spectrum of military operations.
The 104th Fighter Wing provides highly trained personnel ready to provide Air Superiority on demand anywhere in the world with 21 assigned F-15C Eagle Aircraft. The 104th also sits 24/7 Aerospace Control Alert, providing armed F-15 fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the northeast United States from any airborne threat protecting one-quarter of the nation's population and over one-third of the Gross Domestic Product. The Wing is always on call to provide emergency response to include security, logistics, communications, explosive ordnance disposal, firefighting, and medical support to the nation and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.