Every year it seems, the Air Force Academy football team has some of the best uniforms in college football. For west coast teams, the uni competition is hard-fought. Between Boise State, Oregon, UCLA and more, there are some great uniforms in college football on the west coast.
With a long and storied history, the Air Force football team has a lot of inspiration to pull from. The most recent ode to the past comes with their latest uniforms. Inspired and honoring the B-52 bomber, the new unis were featured on Twitter.
The video, intertwined with new and old footage, shows the history of the B-52. It also features Air Force football players showing off the new threads. With “Diamond Lil” painted on the side of the helmets and various patches the threads are well made. With other designs, uniforms can get too busy. However, the uniforms are well-balanced.
With camo helmets to match the actual Diamond Lil, the shoulder sleeves are set to match. USAF is printed on one side of the helmets along with the red, white, and blue design on the other side. During the video, there are allusions to the Lineback II operation which was conducted at the end of the Vietnam War, as well as other historical imagery.
Air Force has a proud football history and this season they will debut the unis on September 11th. Of course, this marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With the uniforms and the significance of the day, there will be lots of pomp and circumstance.
Air Force Football 2021 Season
When Air Force lines up on September 11 they will be facing fellow servicemen. Navy will be the first opponent of the 2021 season for the Fighting Falcons. Currently, the Air Force has a 31-22 record against the Midshipmen. Last season, the Falcons boat raced the Navy to a 40-7 victory.
While last season was an asterisk, this season should be exciting and more “back to normal”. While the game against Navy is scheduled for the 11th, that is not the season opener. Air Force will take on Lafayette on September 4th for a non-conference battle. After the Navy game, they play Utah State and Florida Atlantic in back-to-back weeks.
This season will be tough for the Falcons. Bye weeks are so important in college football. The season is long and hard on players’ bodies and minds. For the Air Force, reprieve won’t come until after their 8th game of the season. After a meeting with San Diego State, Air Force will have a bye week. However, making it to October 23rd will be tough.
Once the bye week is over, just four games remain in the regular season. On November 6th that begins with a game against Army at Air Force. Afterward, the Falcons finish the season with Colorado State, Nevada, and UNLV in that order. Those first eight weeks are going to be tough for Air Force, especially if they suffer any injuries or COVID cases. Three-quarters of a season before a break is a lot to go through.