FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – Before the New England Patriots take the field Sunday in their home opener against the Miami Dolphins, F-15 jets from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield will take to the sky. The F-15 Eagles will fly in formation following the singing of the National Anthem, as both a show of patriotism and a celebration of Sunday being the Air Force’s 69th birthday.
“It is always a distinguished honor to be able to perform a flyover for the community, especially at the end of the National Anthem, as it is a reminder of the sacrifices previous airmen and soldiers have made to allow us the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Beckel, Commander of the 131st Fighter Squadron, 104th Fighter Wing. “Their sacrifices allow us to enjoy many freedoms, including watching the Patriots win again, Sunday after Sunday.”
Master Sgt. Julie Avey told 22News taxpayers won’t pay a penny for this flyover. It’s built into the training expenses, and after Sunday’s flyover, the pilots will go straight into flight training for the rest of the day.
The 104th Fighter Wing, based at Barnes Air National Guard Base, is responsible for responding to any airborne threat over the northeastern United States.
Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium is at 1:00 P.M.