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Thunderbirds set to perform at Super Bowl XLIX

 LAS VEGAS -- The Thunderbirds are set to take the friendly skies on Super Bowl Sunday.

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, which is their formal name, will thrill more than 70,000 spectators by performing the flyover at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Thunderbirds will open the event with a six-ship Delta

formation flyover following the national anthem, which will be sung by award-winning singer/songwriter Idina Menzel.

A Thunderbird demonstration consists of six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons that perform aerial maneuvers at more than 400 miles per hour in formation as close as 18-inches apart.

The four-aircraft, diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots while the two solo pilots perform maneuvers highlighting the maximum capabilities of the F-16.

The Thunderbirds, also lovingly known as “America's Ambassadors in Blue,” have been inspiring Americans with their flights for 62 years.

Super Bowl XLIX, which is set to pit the NFL's New England

Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks starts at 1:30 p.m. PST.