On Sunday Jan. 22, a C-5 Galaxy (#86-0023) using callsign “Rodd 10” performed a flyover for the AFC Championship game between New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. Used to fast jets flyovers, someone didn’t understand why an enormous Galaxy, flew at 1,000 feet over the Patriots’ stadium after the national anthem.
Here’s the explaination: the C-5 belonged to “The Patriot Wing”, the 439th AW (Airlift Wing) from Westover ARB, whose plane’s tails are adorned with the same Patriot’s logo as the NFL franchise. The aircraft, just returned from an airlift mission Afghanistan, flew over the stadium at the end of a local training sortie.
Above images: via Westover ARB Facebook page
Noteworthy, the aircraft had a “Go Pats” text under the belly and “MHK” acronym below the left wing between the engine as the patch used on Patriots’ jerseys to memorialize Myra Hiatt Kraft, the wife of team owner Robert Kraft, who passed away in July 2011.
U.S. Air Force photo/SrA. Kelly Galloway
Although I had already explained it on Twitter, I though someone might have missed it.
Thanks, I wondered why it was a C5. It seems it is usually fighters that get the fly over. The players seemed confused to me about what was going on.
Did they do a fly over the Giants-49ers, I might have missed it or was the weather too bad?
I was looking for some to help explain “No, it’s NOT a bomber”.
“The Patriot Wing” is so much better than “Air New England”.
Very nice – great explantation. I was also wondering about the C5 – watching the NFL game here in Germany (after downloading it :-)
Also noticable – lots of the players you could see on TV were looking up in the sky some seemed like saying “wow..”.