F-35 fighter jets fly over T-Mobile during Game 2 national anthem
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Another first for our Vegas Golden Knights, courtesy of our friends at Nellis Air Force Base.
Four next-generation F-35 Fighter Jets flew in formation over the T-Mobile Arena during the National Anthem to start Game 2.
Major General Peter Gersten says his team was excited to be the first ever to fly over a Stanley Cup Final, and the most dominant fighter in the sky is the perfect fit for the most dominant team in the NHL.
Seeing four brand-new F-35s flying in formation anywhere civilians can spot them is a rare treat.
The flyover at T-Mobile was a quick detour on a training mission that was already in the books.
Lt. Colonel Michael Blauser calls it an honor to be invited to support the Knights.
"True pleasure to be a part of Game 2, Vegas is a great city. Honored to help support the Knights and Vegas and bring a room for Game 2," Lt. Colonel Michael Blauser.
The fighter jets zipped past the arena in a few seconds, but every Air Force mission takes at least six hours of pre-planning. It's even longer for the ground crews who make sure the birds are ready to fly.
Tech Sgt. Stephen Ward is an aviation mechanic who says, "We all work as a team, just like Golden Knights work as a team."
And just like in hockey, timing is key to get to just the right spot at just the right time.