KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Major League Baseball and FOX are calling in the Air Force for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. They want to kick off the game in a big way.
The last B-2 Flyover at Kauffman Stadium was in April for the Royals’ home opener. On Monday, they practiced the flight pattern for Tuesday’s game.
“It will be pretty obvious it should be coming in from over the scoreboard, so as long as people look in that direction, should be able to see the jet right at the last note of Star-Spangled Banner,” said Capt. Alexander Reich with Whiteman AFB.
If you’ve ever wondered how it’s coordinated, you’re in luck. Capt. Alexander Reich is the official time-keeper and ground coordinator for the crew in the B-2.
“Essentially, I’m talking to the event coordinator who’s coordinating everything that’s going on with the tv production and everything like that,” Capt. Reich said.
Everything is timed to the exact second. Even the best laid plans go awry. And times change which means Capt. Reich will keep in constant contact.
“For example, if their program is running 30 seconds behind, I can just give the crew a call on the radio that we have and just let them know and they’ll do whatever maneuver they need too, to get there precisely on time,” he said.
It’s a thrill Reich hasn’t experienced in the cockpit yet, but when he does, he’ll do what all the other pilots do when it’s over.
“Usually, we look on Youtube afterwards to see how good we were, ha!” he said.
One tip from Capt, Reich, if you want a good picture or video, be ready before the last line of the National Anthem. By the time you actually hear the B-2, it will be well past the stadium.