SOUTH BEND, Ind. For the first time this season on Saturday, there will be a flyover before the Notre Dame game against Navy.
And this isn’t just any flyover…it’s the Blue Angels.
With the sequester this season, there have not been any flyovers to this point. But now the Pensacola-based flight team will go screaming over Notre Dame Stadium prior to the battle between the Irish and the Midshipmen.
The Angels are made up of six F-18 jets which are technically part of a larger fleet. The Navy flies them off of aircraft carriers. They can be used to attack, fight, drop bombs and provide support for troops in Afghanistan.
The Blue Angels give folks across the country who do not see much military action an opportunity to experience part of the fleet.
“This is particularly special because we have Notre Dame grads and Navy grads and two of the guys played football here for Navy,” said Commander Tom Frosch. “ We are really excited. This is really special.”
When the Blue Angels land, they make an official arrival at airfields by landing quickly unlike commercial airlines. The jets break apart and are able to land within minutes.