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Super Bowl Support Hits Heights With 747 Flight
Boeing flew a 747 painted in the colours of the Seattle Seahawks in a giant figure of '12' in the sky to show its support for its home team ahead of the Super Bowl clash in New Jersey.
The numerical flight path of the cargo plane high above eastern Washington state represented the fans as the "12th man" on the field, cheering on their team.
The show of airborne support was inspired by the Seahawks, who went on to triumph over the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Boeing, which is one of the region's largest employers, had wanted to flight test the 747-8 aircraft, and decided it was "a good way to show our love and pride in our hometown team".
The idea to paint the plane in Seahawks livery with a big 12 as a tribute to the Seahawks and their fans, came to fruition in less than a week after receiving the go-ahead.
Scot Horton, leader of the Materials Management Organisation for Boeings 747 programme, said: "The Seahawks and the 747 are both great icons of the Pacific Northwest.
"It's a natural and the opportunity was too good to pass up if we could find a way to make it work."
Brian Steinmetz, leader of the 747 Business Operations team, said ahead of the flight: "We're all looking for a way to express our support for the team and our sense of community.
"As much as we want to, we can't all go to New York and cheer from the stands; but we can cheer from here.
"And you know, I think if we are all in this together they'll hear us all the way across the country. Here at Boeing, we're in."
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