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Falcons May Not be the Only Birds Attending Super Bowl Sunday

By S.L. Fuller | February 3, 2017
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Office of Air and Marine, Tucson-based aircraft — an Airbus AS350, Sikorsky UH-60 and Cessna C-550 — en route to Glendale, AZ to provide airspace security and airborne surveillance during Super Bowl XLIX. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol by Alexander Zamora

An Airbus Helicopters AS350, Sikorsky UH-60 and Cessna C-550 — en route to Glendale, Arizona, to provide airspace security and airborne surveillance during the 2014 Super Bowl. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol by Alexander Zamora

Customs and Border Protection in Houston, Texas, are set to have three Sikorsky Black Hawks at the ready for security operations at the 2017 Super Bowl, according to local news reports.

The FAA has restricted air travel in a 30-mi radius around NRG Stadium for the weekend. Reports say the Black Hawks are prepared to intercept unauthorized aircraft, should they fly into the restricted areas on Sunday. Two Airbus Helicopters AS350s, along with three Cessna jets, are also set to perform security operations in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday.

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For those sports fan in attendance, any hopes to see flyovers may not come to fruition. AccuWeather reported rainy conditions leading up to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. Should it rain on Sunday, the retractable stadium roof could close up.

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