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Did you know a three-time Super Bowl winner flew 45 combat missions over Iraq in the A-10?

Chad Hennings flew the A-10 in combat during the 1990s before winning three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

Chad Hennings is mainly known for playing with the Dallas Cowboys for nine seasons.

However, he is also a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate who flew over Northern Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort with the A-10 Thunderbolt II in 1991.

After graduating from the Colorado Springs Academy in June 1988, he entered undergraduate pilot training at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. But in April 1989 he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

Needless to say, Hennings had to fulfill his military commitment before he could play in the NFL, something that was extremely initially quite hard to accept.

As he explains in a post published on the U.S. Air Force website: “I wouldn’t say there were regrets, (but) it was an emotional struggle […]”

Anyway, he was able to complete the LIFT (Lead-In Fighter Training), became an A-10 pilot and was assigned to the 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron based at RAF Bentwaters, in the UK, in June 1990.

During the time with the 92nd TFS Hennings deployed twice to Incirlik Air Base, in Turkey, from where he flew 45 combat missions over North Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort, an international relief effort to aid the Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq after the Gulf War.

“Football was a distant memory and something in the past that I never really thought about until the Air Force went through the reduction in force and they started the waivers in the spring of ’92,” Hennings said.

He received a waiver in 1992 to be released from active duty as part of the Air Force’s Reduction in Force. He would go on to serve almost 10 more years in the Air Force Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee program.

But, during his time as a reservist he played for the Dallas Cowboys for nine seasons and was part of three Super Bowl winning teams. He played in 119 games, recording 27.5 sacks and one touchdown before retiring in 2000.

Today, Hennings lives outside of Dallas, where he’s a partner in a commercial real estate company and does a lot of public speaking.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

National Football League U.S. Military Aircraft Pre-Game Fly Overs

Among the most loved traditions of the National Football League Super Bowl Game, there’s the pre-game flyover armed forces aircraft.

The National Anthem comes to it’s final lines, and the planes, either a single bomber, a fighter jet flight, helicopter formation, or one of the display teams streak over the stadium. Flyovers are always a special sight.

As you prepare for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos game (that will feature an helicopter flyover with AH-64D Apache, UH-60M Black Hawk and CH-47F Chinook choppers from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade), here’s an interesting video aired by the NFL Network with interesting details about the planning and execution of such events, including clips shot at lot of stadiums.

 

Image credit: 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army

 

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[Video] Boeing 747-8 in Seattle Seahawks livery draws “12” in the sky

A Boeing 747-8 painted in Seattle Seahawks flew a special flight path over Eastern Washington to salute the team.

On Jan. 30 a Boeing 747-8 Freighter painted in Seattle Seahawks livery took off from Boeing Field and landed at Paine Field in Everett 5:30 hour later.

 

The wide body, flying as “BOE 12” drew a “12” across Eastern Washington State: a special salute to the NFL franchise that will play against the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl game at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, this Sunday.

BOE 12 flight plan

Top image courtesy Boeing; screenshot from FlightAware.com

 

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