Thunderbirds announce flyover for first Raiders home game

Posted at 9:59 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 15:26:48-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have announced they will fly over Allegiant Stadium during the Las Vegas Raiders first home game on Monday night.

The Thunderbirds, which are based at Nellis Air Force Base, will fly over the stadium during the national anthem at approximately 5:15 p.m.

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“The Raiders’ decades-long support of our military and those that serve our nation continues, as we have partnered with Nellis Air Force Base to welcome the hometown Thunderbirds to fly over Allegiant Stadium prior to our first home game in Las Vegas,” said Raiders President Marc Badain.

The Thunderbirds’ flyover prior to the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Las Vegas will feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, soaring over the Allegiant Stadium at the moment the final notes of The Star-Spangled Banner are sung.

The aircraft will take off from Nellis Air Force Base and start flying at low altitudes and emitting performance smoke at the intersection of I-15 and East Craig Road.

They’ll proceed parallel with I-15 towards Allegiant Stadium and flyover from the northeast to the southwest; and then return to Nellis AFB.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead.

“The Thunderbirds are honored to support the Raiders’ first home game in Las Vegas,” said Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbirds commander and leader. “We look forward to showcasing the pride, precision and professionalism of our nation’s 693,000 total force Airmen to football fans around the world; and welcoming the Raiders as neighbors in the city we call home.”

The Raiders will play the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Football fans will be able to watch the game on KTNV channel 13.

Channel 13 will begin coverage of the first home game starting with Good Morning Las Vegas.