A U.S. Air Force B-2 “Spirit” stealth bomber flew over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Saturday.
The bomber, based out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, flew over the game, being played this year between the Utah Utes and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The official Twitter account for the Rose Bowl tweeted a video of the flyover. “Iconic.”
The B-2 Spirit is a nuclear-capable, with low-observable “stealth” technology. The bomber first entered service in 1993 and is known for its iconic flying wing design.
The B-2 flyover is part of an annual tradition with the Rose Bowl, which is played annually on New Year’s Day.
The flyover also comes on the start of the Air Force’s 75th anniversary year.
The Rose Bowl Twitter account tweeted, “The @usairforce is kicking off their 75th Anniversary year with #TeamWhiteman’s traditional B-2 Spirit flyover at The Granddaddy of Them All. We’re locked and loaded!”
Earlier in the day, a B-2 bomber also flew over Pasadena’s Rose Parade.
In a Facebook post, Whiteman Air Force Base shared a pair of photos from the flyover at the Rose Parade, Pasadena’s annual New Year’s Day parade.
“Talk about precision! #ICYMI: Team Whiteman performed a #B2 Spirit flyover at the 2022 Rose Parade! What away to kick-off the Air Force’s 75th Anniversary!,” the Air Force Base’s Facebook post reads. “We are honored to be the connection between the Air Force and all the viewers watching this year’s parade! Stay tuned for the Rose Bowl Game flyover later today! Check out the photos from the parade below! #AF75#roseparade#2022roseparade#AFflyover#Strikernation.”
Whiteman Air Force Base also shared a video to Facebook introducing the crew for the Rose Bowl Parade and Rose Bowl flyovers. Col. Daniel Diehl, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, and Cpt. Kyle Cassady, a B-2 instructor pilot for the 393rd Bomb Squadron, served as the flight crew for the Rose Parade.
“This year’s #AFflyover, will kick-off the year-long celebration of the United States Air Force 75th Anniversary!,” the Air Force’s Facebook post reads. “The longstanding tradition between the Air Force and the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game showcases America’s unrivaled airpower and inspires a future generation of aviators.”
Colombus Dispatch photojournalist Adam Cairns also tweeted a photo of the flyover. “A B-2 stealth bomber from Whiteman Airforce Base makes a flyover piloted by Capt. Kyle Cassady, whose father and grandfather attended the Ohio State and played in the Rose Bowl #RoseBiwl.”
Ford North America product communications director Mike Levine also tweeted photos before and after the Rose Bowl flyover. “B2 flyover for the Rose Bowl.”