Aerial Photographer Waits Three Years for Epic Photo of Jet Flying Over the Rose Bowl

Stealth Jet Flying Over Rose Bowl by Tyler Leipprandt (Michigan Sky Media)

When photographer Tyler Leipprandt saw a photo of a B2 Bomber flying over the Rose Bowl, it instantly became part of his bucket list to capture an image of it. It took three years, but luckily, Leipprandt saw his dream come true during the 2024 Rose Bowl.

As the owner of Michigan Sky Media, Leipprandt is an expert at aerial photography. He also has experience with this type of shot, having captured flyover images at other big games. Once he discovered that Michigan would be playing the Rose Bowl, he seized the moment and started planning for the big day.

This not only included booking flights and hotels in Los Angeles, but also reserving a helicopter for the big event. Accompanying him was his brother, who is based in LA. It made the moment even sweeter, as Leipprandt's brother is also an Air Force veteran.

Leipprandt's dream was certainly a big risk, big reward scenario. With the expense of travel, tickets, and—most importantly—the helicopter, if the photographer hadn't gotten the shot, it would have been a costly mistake. To minimize the risk, he worked with a five-camera setup, and even armed his brother with gear to help get additional imagery.

In the end, Leipprandt's gamble paid off, and he took the photo of a lifetime, all while being able to enjoy the moment with family. “This photo not only represents the tradition of the Rose Bowl, [and] the selflessness of those serving in the Air Force, but it also represents my dreams coming to reality as a photographer,” Leipprandt shares.

Now, he's selling prints of the image via his website and already scouting his next adventure.

Tyler Leipprandt kicked off 2024 with an incredible photo of a B2 Bomber flying over the Rose Bowl during the Michigan-Alabama game.

Stealth Jet Flying Over Rose Bowl by Tyler Leipprandt (Michigan Sky Media)


Go behind the scenes to see how he got this shot.

And enjoy even more footage from the 2024 Rose Bowl.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photo by Tyler Leipprandt (Michigan Sky Media).

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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