In an attempt to honor classic military fighter jets, Air Force will wear a special helmet that features a sharktooth this season.

The helmets will make their debut Sept. 10 when the Falcons will take on Georgia State. The helmets feature the sharktooth as a way to honor World War II veterans.

The 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, which included of U.S. military pilots from the Marines, Navy and Army Air Corps, was nicknamed the “Flying Tigers.” The group’s sharktooth design on the nose of the fighter plane (a Curtis P-40) is recognizable as a symbol of the country’s involvement in World War II and a tribute to the brave Americans that fought alongside the Chinese as members of their military.

As it has become habit, teams across college football are honoring the military with special helmets. Besides Air Force, Bowling Green has come up with a great way to honor fallen soldiers by putting their names on the helmet.

Here’s to more creativity from teams when it comes to honoring the military.

[The Big Lead]

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