Seahawks 747 by Boeing flies '12' pattern over Washington

January 31, 2014 9:07:03 AM PST
A Boeing 747-8 jet decked out in a Seahawks paint scheme to honor the team playing in the Super Bowl took its support a step further Thursday.

The 12th man is taking things to a whole new level in preparation for the Super Bowl.

The blue and green plane flew over Eastern Washington after taking off from Seattle's Boeing Field with a flight plan that spelled out 12. The flight path stretched from the southern border of the state between Washington and Oregon almost to the eastern border of Idaho to completely spell out the two numbers.

The plane - normally used for flight testing - featured a 12 on the tail and the phrase "Spirit of 12s Go Hawks" on one side of the plane. The new paint scheme was unveiled Wednesday.

Boeing has commemorated the Seattle Seahawks' upcoming Super Bowl by painting one of its planes with the team's logo.

The 747-8 was unveiled Wednesday in Everett, Washington, and features the number "12" painted on its tail - a nod to the team's fans, often referred to as "the twelfth man" during their home games.

"The Seahawks have been an inspiration to our entire community throughout this incredible season," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "We're honored that we could join together two Northwest icons, the Seahawks and the 747, for this special salute from the entire Boeing team."

Boeing is one of the Seattle Seahawks' sponsors and has worked with team for more than ten years on various local programs.

The Seattle Seahawks are facing the Dever Broncos this Sunday in the Super Bowl.

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