GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Residents in the Green Bay area may have heard the powerful sound of jets flying overhead on Friday. The flyover of military jets is actually related to the upcoming Packers game on Sunday.
Before the game, four F-15E Strike Eagles will perform a flyover of Lambeau Field, the Packers said in a news release. The pilots are from the 334th Fighter Squadron, The Eagles, and the 336th Fighter Squadron, The Rocketeers. They will fly out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
Marty Piette, the Green Bay Airport Director, confirmed Friday that the jets heard flying overhead in the morning were the military aircrafts performing a practice run.
The Packers said Dylan “Willy” Muench, a Nashotah native and Packers fan, will pilot the lead aircraft. The craft will also have on board Weapons System Officer Eric “Torch” Hammerbeck, who grew up as a Packers fan in Hudson.
The flyover is part of a larger salute during the game to honor veterans in recognition of Veterans Day. The Packers say seven members of the United States Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Team will perform a jump and descend into the stadium during halftime. Additionally, prior to the game, fans can visit the Mobile Vet Center near the Johnsonville Tailgate Village to learn about the MVC’s mission of helping veterans adjust back to civilian life.
Kick off for the game between the Packers and Carolina Panthers is Sunday at 3:25 p.m.