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Wings of Destiny - 04.01.2013
Wings of Destiny - 04.01.2013
In this edition of The Wings of Destiny highlights the hardwork and dedication it takes to get ready to return home to Fort Campbell and where to go for the latest...
Wings of Destiny - 02.14.2013
Wings of Destiny - 02.14.2013
In this edition of Wings of Destiny reflections on Valentine's Day and reaching the half way point in the deployment.
Wings of Destiny - 12.31.2012
Wings of Destiny - 12.31.2012
101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Rear Detachment, Deceember newsletter from Fort Campbell, Ky.
Wings of Destiny - 12.29.2012
Wings of Destiny - 12.29.2012
December 2012 deployment newsletter for 101st CAB
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Stories from TF Destiny, TF No Mercy, TF Saber, TF Troubleshooters, TF Eagle Assault and TF Shadow. Introduction to 12th CAB units and Utah National Guard units attached...
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Stories from TF Destiny's Rear Detachment from Fort Campbell, KY.


Recent News Stories

Wings of Destiny Fly over the Super Bowl Wings of Destiny Fly over the Super Bowl
Crew chiefs from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) guided UH-60, Black Hawk, and CH-47, Chinook, helicopters over the Super Bowl...
Wings of Destiny celebrates Thanksgiving Wings of Destiny celebrates Thanksgiving
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Shadow of the Eagle volunteers for Barclay Elementary Fall Festival Shadow of the Eagle volunteers for Barclay Elementary...
Soldiers from 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), volunteered to help run Barclay Elementary's Fall Festival at Fort...
Black Sheep conduct medical training Black Sheep conduct medical training
Soldiers from Headquarters Support Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted Eagle first responder training at Fort...
Pathfinders jump towards next rendezvous with destiny Pathfinders jump towards next rendezvous with destiny
Soldiers with F Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) Pathfinders, conducted a jump at Corregidor drop zone on...
Wings of Destiny sergeants major conduct Army physical fitness test Wings of Destiny sergeants major conduct Army physical...
Sergeants major from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) conducted an Army physical fitness test for noncommissioned officers at...


Recent Photos

Shadow of the Eagle trains at JRTC Shadow of the Eagle trains at JRTC
Spc. Manuel Montenegro, CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew chief, Company B, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ensures...
Big and Rich play concert for Screaming Eagles Big and Rich play concert for Screaming Eagles
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Wings of Destiny fly over Super Bowl Wings of Destiny fly over Super Bowl
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter passes over the edge of the stadium during the Super Bowl flyover at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Feb. 2, 2014. (U.S. Army...
Wings of Destiny fly over Super Bowl Wings of Destiny fly over Super Bowl
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mize, B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), watches for hazards on the ground before...
Lining up before takeoff Lining up before takeoff
AH-64D, UH-60M, and CH-47G aircraft from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) line up on the runway at Stewart International Airport,...
Lancer air crews meet chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lancer air crews meet chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stands with soldiers from B Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne...



Wings of Destiny Fly over the Super Bowl


Story by Sgt. Duncan Brennan

Wings of Destiny fly over Super Bowl NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Crew chiefs from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) guided UH-60, Black Hawk, and CH-47, Chinook, helicopters over the Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Feb. 2, 2014.

The crew chiefs were part of a detachment of soldiers conducting the flyover after the national anthem.

In normal flight, the helicopters fly spaced far enough apart so that the wind created by the main rotors of each aircraft do not interfere with the flight of the other helicopters in the formation. Flying in close quarters requires a lot of concentration on the controls by the pilot and co pilot. It falls on the crew chiefs to relay to the pilot if they are getting too close to the other aircraft to assist in maintaining their position within the formation.

I had to make sure that we were centered on the lead Apache, said Sgt. Patricia Fowler, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, B Company, 5th Battalion, 101st CAB, Lancers. I had to lean out the side of the aircraft and make sure that not only were we centered on the lead Apache, but I had to make sure that the other Apaches left enough space for my aircraft to fit safely between them.

To keep the pilots safely in position requires constant vigilance throughout the flight. The crew chief not only has to keep an eye on the aircraft to the front, but also has to keep an eye on the helicopters behind so that there are multiple eyes on the spacing.

“You have a triangle scan,” said Fowler. You have to look forward of the aircraft, out to the sides and then behind to make sure you know where you are among the other members of the formation. It's tiring, but you've got so much adrenaline going at the time that you don't always notice it.”

On an event like this, the work doesn't begin once the helicopters have lifted off and are on their way to the destination. The crew chiefs put in countless hours preparing the aircraft and making sure they are fit to fly.

“Flying is not the bulk of our work,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mize, standardization instructor, B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st CAB, Pachyderms. “Most of our work is done before. On the Chinooks, the crew preps the aircraft, get it inspected and make sure it's ready to fly.”

Even with all of the work that went into preparing for the flyover, the crew chiefs shared in the sense of satisfaction. The men and women who help the Wings of Destiny fly, flying over the Super Bowl was an unforgettable experience.

“When we flew over the stadium,” said Mize. “I thought I was going to wake up. When we were over the stadium and saw the fans looking up at us, it was just surreal. In my 14 years in the Army, I've spent all but 22 months of it at the 101st. Being able to represent the 101st Airborne, and making us look good as I've been told by my chain of command, It's satisfying.”

After long hours of rehearsals in the bitter cold, the success of the Super Bowl flyover is incredibly sweet for everyone involved. For the crews, this was truly a rendezvous with destiny.

“We were so low that we could see the looks on people's faces,” said Fowler. “We could see the singer's face and Peyton Manning. Their faces looked between joy and total awe, it was amazing. We could even hear the roar of the crowd over the helicopter. I feel incredible that I was chosen to be a part of this.”

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Shadow of the Eagle trains at JRTC

Recent Publications

Wings of Destiny - 04.01.2013
Wings of Destiny - 04.01.2013
In this edition of The Wings of Destiny highlights the hardwork and dedication it takes to get ready to return home to Fort Campbell and where to go for the latest...
Wings of Destiny - 02.14.2013
Wings of Destiny - 02.14.2013
In this edition of Wings of Destiny reflections on Valentine's Day and reaching the half way point in the deployment.
Wings of Destiny - 12.31.2012
Wings of Destiny - 12.31.2012
101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Rear Detachment, Deceember newsletter from Fort Campbell, Ky.
Wings of Destiny - 12.29.2012
Wings of Destiny - 12.29.2012
December 2012 deployment newsletter for 101st CAB
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Stories from TF Destiny, TF No Mercy, TF Saber, TF Troubleshooters, TF Eagle Assault and TF Shadow. Introduction to 12th CAB units and Utah National Guard units attached...
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Wings of Destiny - 11.01.2012
Stories from TF Destiny's Rear Detachment from Fort Campbell, KY.


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