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P-51 Mustang leads Heritage Flight over Super Bowl LII

P-51 Mustang leads Heritage Flight over Super Bowl LII

Before the Eagles and Patriots kicked off in Minneapolis on Sunday, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation put on a special show for football fans across America. 

A formation of a P-51 Mustang, two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and an F-16 came together to perform the pregame flyover above U.S. Bank Stadium. Heritage Flights like this one have become a staple of air shows across America, but this is the first time that the team has been involved in the Super Bowl. 

The flight had extra significance for fans in Minnesota, thanks to the pedigree of the P-51 that was piloted by Steve Hinton. The Sierra Sue II has been based in Minnesota since 1979 and is now the cornerstone of the Wings of the North museum in Eden Prairie. During those years it has become a staple of air shows in the region. It is also one of the only active P-51s to have served in World War II and has been fully restored to its original glory. 

See a cockpit view of the full flyover and more images from the buildup to the flight below.