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West Coast Aerial Photography 2009 Rose Bowl B-2 Flyover Image Published in Sports Illustrated
01/20/2009

West Coast Aerial Photography captures B-2 Flyover 2009 Rose Bowl New Years' game image, published in two-page spread in January 2009 Sports Illustrated Magazine

Los Angeles, CA, Jan 20 -- West Coast Aerial Photography, Inc., today announced that it's B-2 Rose Bowl flyover image has been displayed in a two-page spread in Sports Illustrated. At the conclusion of the National Anthem on January 1, 2009, the United States Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber, "The Spirit of Missouri," based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, flew over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where the University of Southern California Trojans played the Penn State Nittany Lions.

After photographing the scene at the New Years' game, West Coast Aerial Photography President Mark Holtzman emailed the image to a few friends and colleagues. Within hours the image had gone viral, making it's way around the globe via email and blog posts. "I couldn't believe what happened," said Mr. Holtzman, "I just sent an email and before I knew it I had hundreds of responses from people I've never met. It was incredible. I didn't fully understand what 'going viral' meant until I experienced it first-hand."

The B-2 image has been posted on a variety of sites, including the Los Angeles Times All Things Trojan blog and Airliners.net, the latter of which claims to be the largest and most visited aviation interest site
on the internet, where the image has received over 115,000 logged views and comments from around the world.

The U.S. Air Force B-2 bomber, "flagship of the nation's long-range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world," is produced by Northrop Grumman, a "premiere developer, integrator, producer and supporter of manned and unmanned aircraft, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics and other systems and subsystems critical to maintaining the nation's security and leadership in science and technology," states the Northrop Grumman website.

Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., houses 19 of the original 21 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers and is home to the 509th Bomb Wing of the Air Force Global Strike Command. Additional aircraft stationed at Whiteman Air Force base include the A-10 Thunderbolt II, T-38 Talon, and AH-64 Apache, according to the Whiteman Air Force Base website.

Sports Illustrated is a division of Time Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner, and is read by 21 million adults weekly, says the Sports Illustrated media kit.

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