Let’s focus on the U.S. Navy jets that flew over the State Farm Stadium at the opening of Super Bowl LVII.
On Feb. 12, 2023, four U.S. Navy jets, flown by all-female crews, carried out the traditional flyover during the national anthem at the opening of Super Bowl LVII at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The aircraft performing the national anthem flyover were two F/A-18F Super Hornets, #136 (s/n 166621) and #131 (s/n 166849), of Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), the “Flying Eagles”; an F-35C Lightning II #403 (#169802) from U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 97 (VFA- 97), the “Warhawks”; and one EA- 18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft #525, serial 166895, from Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129), the “Vikings”.
An unbelievable view of the #SBLVII flyover. ✈️ pic.twitter.com/3ccUy8BD4w
— NFL (@NFL) February 12, 2023
The formation, flying as EXPERT 11 flight, took off from Luke Air Force Base, located 7 miles west of the central business district of Glendale, and 15 miles west of Phoenix, at around 15.30 LT. Our friend Thomas “Taj” Backus was at Luke AFB and took the photographs you can find in this post showing the jets recovering after the flyover, at around 16.40LT.
As a side note, using flight tracking apps and websites, some people noticed that a KC-135 of the Arizona National Guard’s 161st Refueling Wing, radio callsign ADVCE20, was circling over Phoenix at FL230 at the time EXPERT flight was airborne. However, the tanker was not supporting the flyover (as the four US Navy jets did not require air-to-air refueling) but the fighters enforcing the two-mile TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) around the stadium.
MULTI ADSBX MANOEUVRING ALERT : At time Mon Feb 13 03:41:57 2023 #ADVCE20 was likely to be manoeuvring at FL230 7nm from LUF Luke_TACAN_US
near 9742, West Burns Drive, Sun City, Maricopa County, #AvGeek #ADSB https://t.co/a1Mbvc406u pic.twitter.com/7wYD4FOJTO
— Radarspotters Assistant (@Radar_Assistant) February 13, 2023