With less than two weeks to go before Super Bowl 50, the athletes aren’t the only ones preparing.
Military pilots are also busy practicing their formations to provide air security during the big game.
On Tuesday, an Air Force Reserve tanker plane took off from March Air Reserve Base to practice refueling a California Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet that will be protecting the airspace above Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. CBS2’s Crystal Cruz rode along on the mission.
“Just like the football teams prepare, so do we,” said Major Andrew Scott.
The objective for the F-15’s is to ensure that unauthorized aircraft do not enter within 10 miles of Levi’s Stadium on the day of the game, Feb. 7.
The tankers will refuel the fighter jets in mid-air and will take off from March Air Reserve Base.
The pilots and crew working Super Bowl Sunday said they are enthusiastic about their mission.
“You watch the game. We’ll watch the skies.”