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Florida State to have flyover prior to home opener vs. NC State

Thanks to the U.S. Air Force.

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Florida State announced on Tuesday that there will be a flyover from three US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon planes prior to the home opener vs. NC State scheduled for noon. What makes this even cooler is the lead jet will be flown by an FSU graduate, according to a current Florida State faculty member.

According to, these F-16 Fighting Falcon jets have a top speed of 1,350 miles per hour and normally fly at an altitude of 40,000 feet. To put that into perspective, the speed of sound is just 767 miles per hour.

The past two meetings between NC State and FSU at Doak Campbell had flyovers as well, but with fewer vehicles. 2015 saw two jets fly overhead with one being an F-16.

The meeting between the teams last season in Raleigh, North Carolina was military appreciation night for host NC State. Needless to say, these teams have a history of playing each other and honoring the military.