Thunderbirds To Add Buzz To Raiders' Monday Night Opener

Squad Will Fly Over Stadium Prior To Kickoff

Mitch Kelly
September 21, 2020 - 5:34 am
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying in formation

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The first ever home game for the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium will get an extra "Vegas" touch just prior to kickoff.

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, “The Thunderbirds” will kick off the Las Vegas Raiders’ first home game with a flyover during the national anthem at approximately 5:10 p.m. over Allegiant Stadium.

“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 Thunderbirds’ flyover prior to the first-ever NFL regular season game in Las Vegas will feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, soaring over 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.