Army’s Super Bowl Flyover: $100,000

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A flyover at Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana.

The Pentagon is putting aside its budget woes for Super Bowl weekend.

Even though the Defense Department had to cut about $25 billion from previously planned spending this year, the Army still found money to conduct a flyover for the NFL championship match between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The aerial display over MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday will cost the Army between $90,000 and $100,000, says Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

Warren says the flyover is a justifiable expense, even in an era of budget cuts.

“It has potential recruiting benefits,” he explains

While flyovers have been restricted because of budget cuts, they haven’t been prohibited and allowances can be made for “events of national prominence” such as the Super Bowl.

“It helps us connect our military to America,” the colonel says.

Considering the multimillion-dollar cost of a Super Bowl commercial on TV, the Army may be gettting a bargain with its high-flying ad.


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