12th Man louder than Blackhawk helicopter, guardsman says

The National Guard took part in its annual flyover CenturyLink Field.

SEATTLE – Eric Swenson didn’t think it would be possible.

Afterall, as a pilot of a National Guard helicopter it’s hard to hear anything over the roar of the engine and rotors. But then came his first flyover a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. He heard the cheering.

“No matter how loud it is, we can hear them,” said Swenson.

The Chief Warrant Officer for the Washington National Guard took part in his first Seahawks flyover in 2007. He was in the cockpit of one of the two Blackhawk crews flying over the stadium following the National Anthem Monday.

The Seahawks invited the Guard to take part in the team and league’s “Salute to Service” ahead of Veteran’s Day.

Hundreds of military service members were invited by the team to watch the game against the Buffalo Bills.

“It’s pretty special that the NFL, the locals, and the state agencies honor the uniform,” said Swenson, who said the flyovers never get old.

“It’s one of those moments where you’ll always remember,” said Swenson.

Copyright 2016 KING


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