Tue, Feb 15, 2011
Either Way, Texas Stadium Roof Was Shut During The Traditional
At every Super Bowl, there is a flyover of military aircraft
from a nearby base. It's one of those things which has become part
of the fabric of the game.
F/A-18 Hornet File Photo
But Super Bowls are often played in domed stadiums. For
instance, this year the game was played at Cowboys Stadium in
Dallas. The stadium does have a retractable roof ... which was
closed due to the mostly-miserable weather experienced in Dallas
during Super Bowl week.
Still, the flight of four F/A-18s overflew the stadium just
after the singing of the National Anthem ... at an estimated cost
to the Navy of $450,000, according to a report in the Daily
Mail of London. The display was shown on the
60-yard-long scoreboard inside the stadium, and of course
those outside the building got a full view of the overflight. The
paper estimated the cost based on pilot time and other official
data from the Navy on general operating costs.
The Navy, however, said the flyover rang up a bill of just
$109,000 for fuel, and that such flyovers are good publicity and
encourage military recruitment.
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