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Let There Be Flight
February 4, 2017  | By Eric Gould
 

Back in the day, the first Super Bowl wasn’t even the name for the game. It was known in 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game — the then-NFL owners seeing the writing on the wall and acquiescing to a playoff game with the upstart American Football League they realized was not going to fade away. (It was not officially changed to the Super Bowl until the third championship game in 1969. That’s when the New York Jets famously the upset heavy favorites, the then-Baltimore Colts proving to the disbelievers the AFL could beat the best.) But the instinct for halftime spectacle was there from the start. Two rocket belt pilots (or “jetpacks”, if you prefer) strapped them on and flew over the 60,000 gathered at the LA Memorial Coliseum. After the show, the Green Bay Packers and Vince Lombardi returned to resume their pummeling of the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.

 
 
 
 
 
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