Meet Air Force's The Bird

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. #7 of the Air Force Falcons pitches the ball to a receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Meet The Bird

The Bird has been the mascot of the United States Air Force Academy since 1957. This electric blue Falcon wears the Academy’s sports uniforms with pride, and can be seen on the sidelines of many of the school’s sporting events. He’s a four-time entrant in the Capital One Mascot Challenge.


The Bird’s Experience

The Bird has seen countless future American leaders in his time at the Academy. From former NCAA record holding quarterbacks Chance Harridge and Beau Morgan to NFL coach Bill Parcells and college coaching legend Fisher DeBerry, the Bird is no stranger to leadership and success. 


The Bird’s Leadership Abilities

The Bird has been helping to train America’s future leaders since 1956. He embodies the free soaring spirit of the Air Force Academy, and has spent a lifetime inspiring Cadets to aim for the sky. He is a member of the Armed Forces, and brings that discipline to everything he does. But rest assured, The Bird definitely still knows how to have fun.


What Separates The Bird From the Rest

The Bird is a daredevil. There’s nothing he won’t do to keep the fans happy and entertained. His bold entrances to Falcon stadium are the stuff legends are made of. He’s the most exciting, high-flying, thrill-seeking bird of the bunch, and he never backs down. How does he maintain his high-octane lifestyle? Through exercise, discipline and hard work.


Campaign Promises

If The Bird becomes the Capital One Mascot of the Year, he promises to deliver that high-flying excitement around the country.

With a resume like that, it’s clear to see why The Bird’s the word in 2010.