MIAMI — After beating the Green Bay Packers 28-22, the Seattle Seahawks will be making their second Super Bowl appearance in two years.
Last year, the Seahawks played against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl and won 43-8. To celebrate that the Seahawks would be attending the 2014 Super Bowl, Boeing painted a Boeing 747-8 Freighter in Seahawks colors last January.
Last year, Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren explained that “the Seattle Seahawks’ home base of Century Link Field is known for being loud. So loud, in fact, that the team and its 12th-man fans set a world record for loudest outdoor stadium at 137.6 decibels last season, nearly equal to a Boeing 747 taking off.
“Today, however, an actual Boeing 747 joined the 12th man Seahawks Super Bowl fever here in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday as the company revealed a full-fledged 747-8 freighter in team colors. The airplane is painted with a giant 12 on the tail, a nod to the 12th man, along with the team seahawk logo and “Go Hawks!” on the body. The design prompted The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Ostrower to call the plane a giant ‘Seahawks billboard.'”
Meanwhile, Just for Fun, Boeing Released a Number of Fun Facts about the Seahawks and the 747-8:
- Russell Wilson threw for 3,357 yards (10,071 ft.) this season, similar to the runway takeoff distance for a 747-8 (10,650 ft.)
- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin can dash the full length of the 747-8 main deck, 180 ft., in less than seven seconds
- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch can squat with 16 economy seats (30 lbs. per seat)
- A 747-8 Freighter can carry 121 million Skittles candies, or 302,400 one lb. bags (in case you didn’t know, Marshawn Lynch has a thing with Skittles…)
- It would take 144 747-8 passenger airplanes (Intercontinentals) to carry all the Seahawks fans in CenturyLink Field (67,000 seats)
- The 747-8 can cover the length of a football field in one second at takeoff
- Seahawks fans’ Guinness World Record for crowd noise is approximately 38 times louder than the 747-8 at departure
Although it is great that the Seahawks are returning to the Super Bowl, there is still one question that has yet to be answered; will Boeing be able to top what they did last year–painting a Boeing 747-8 Freighter in Seahawks colors–for Super Bowl 49.