While the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face the Denver Broncos this Sunday in the Super Bowl, one airline giant has been supporting the team from thousands of feet above the Emerald City's skyline.
Airline maker Boeing, which was founded in Seattle and is the area's largest employer, is celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl appearance with a custom paint job of a 747-8, a cargo version of Boeing's largest aircraft.
The "12th Man" livery, which pays homage to the NFL's loudest fanbase, made its inaugural flight Thursday morning. A special flight tracker allowed fans to follow the plane online as it flew in a 12-shaped formation through the skies of Washington state.
According to Boeing's website, the length of the 747-8 is 243.4 feet, nearly the same distance as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's longest pass this season (80 yards or 240 feet).
Fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle have set a Guinness World Record for crowd noise at about 38 times louder than the 747-8's engines.
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