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B-1 Bomber Flyover at Scott Stadium for Military Appreciation Day

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A B-1 bomber flyover brought a big thrill for Cavalier fans at Scott Stadium Saturday as a kick-off to a celebration of America's servicemen and women.

The B-1 flew over Scott Stadium as part of UVA's Military Appreciation Day. The University of Virginia's military appreciation game honors those who serve our country on this weekend leading into Veteran's Day.

Only 60 B-1 bombers make up the entire U.S. Air Force fleet. Saturday UVA fans got the unique opportunity to see the plane that is vital to our armed forces overseas.

"There has been a B-1 over Afghanistan essentially every minute of every day since 9/11," Colonel Steve Hiss stated. "At the same time that the B-1 will be over Scott Stadium, there is a B-1 in the air right now over Afghanistan protecting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines."

Hiss says the flyover is a way to return the favor as UVA football fans celebrate Military Appreciation Day. The university gave 1,000 game day tickets to U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army units to hand out to veterans and active duty service men and women living in central Virginia.

Marine Corps veteran Pat Riley, said, "The B-1 flyover was really impressive and I'm happy to spend the 237th Marine Corps birthday here."

Before the flyover, 80 cadets unfurled an American flag that spanned the end zone and throughout the game, fans signed a banner of appreciation. Wahoo fans say this is a day for celebrating and giving thanks.

UVA Air Force ROTC Erika Karls said, "Both my parents are retired Air Force so I grew up in a very military oriented family. For me it's me respecting them and what they've done for me and all the time they've given up for me and my brother."

Hiss stated, "It's just fantastic that we can have an event like today, the thousands and thousands - essentially the millions - of people in this country who have defended our freedoms and our way of life."

Colonel Hiss says the flyover was no small task. The crew left from Abilene Texas at 8:00 Saturday morning. When they were not flying over the thousands of fans at Scott Stadium, they were flying at high altitudes and training for combat.

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