B-2 Spirit Pilot has Award-Winning Ties to 2022 Rose Bowl Game Published Dec. 29, 2021 By 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- The B-2 Spirit will fly over the Tournament of Roses, January 1, 2022. The flight will showcase the long-distance, precision capabilities of the B-2 and its highly-trained pilots. One of the pilots has a unique connection with the 108th Rose Bowl Game between The Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Utah Utes. U.S. Air Force Capt. Kyle Cassady, a B-2 instructor pilot with the 393rd Bomb Squadron, has family ties not only to The Ohio State University, but to Rose Bowl game history. Capt. Cassady’s father and grandfather both played for the Buckeyes and both won a Rose Bowl game during their football career. His grandfather, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, won the Heisman Trophy in 1955. Capt. Cassady grew up just minutes from The Ohio State University campus before attending and graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2014. The B-2 is America’s premier strategic stealth bomber and one of the world’s most advanced aircraft. It is operated by the 509th and 131st Bomb Wings at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, 45 miles east of Kansas City. Capt. Cassady is available for interviews Dec. 28-30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request an interview.