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Fort Campbell helicopter pilots reflect on Super Bowl flyover

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When people think back on Super Bowl XLVIII, the talk will likely be about the Seahawks' lopsided victory, the unseasonably warm weather in New Jersey and the mostly unimpressive commercials on TV.

But if you were actually in attendance at the game, what you might remember most was the pre-game military helicopter flyover. And it was all thanks to the fine work of the men and women at Fort Campbell.

"It was pretty much the best experience of my Army career," said Chinook helicopter pilot Edwin Anderson.

Seven helicopters from Fort Campbell's "Wings of Destiny" - the lead Chinook, three Apaches and three Blackhawks - made a grand and thunderous punctuation to the Star-Spangled Banner.

"It was an honor to do it, to be part of it. It was incredibly exciting, and I could feel the adrenaline," Anderson said.

Adrenaline maybe, nerves no. These soldiers have dozens of deployments between them, and usually when they are flying, they're getting shot at.

Super Bowl Sunday was easy, and Sgt. Jacob Owings had a good view.

"I could see the people in the nosebleeds, in the very top row, and they waved, so, of course, we waved back. It seemed like the right thing to do," he said.

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