Fox broadcasters JOE BUCK and TROY AIKMAN don’t like the military pre-game flyovers at NFL games.
They were caught on a hot mic MOCKING the display before the Green Bay Packers / Tampa Bay Bucs game on Sunday.
Troy said, quote, “That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.” Joe sarcastically added, “That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!”
Then Troy said, “That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner.” (Defector.com has video.)
For starters, yes, flyovers are very expensive. The exact costs aren’t public, but various reports estimate that it’s in the neighborhood of $450,000, which is almost HALF A MILLION each time.
But people have debated military flyovers for years now. It isn’t something new.
The Air Force and the Navy always downplay it, saying that taxpayers incur “no additional cost,” because, quote, “pilots must execute a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency.”
Of course, the key word there is “ADDITIONAL” cost.
The flyovers/training are already part of the military’s budget, which is covered by taxpayers. The Trump administration’s 2021 budget request asked for $740.5 billion for national security, with $705.4 billion going to the Pentagon.
A few former Air Force pilots online have dismissed the notion that there was any training involved in flyovers . . . and the general consensus is that they’re meant to give the country the FEELS, and serve as a recruitment ad for the military.
In fact, in 2018 the Air Force lifted limits on flyovers to make them more common because of a PILOT SHORTAGE.
An Air Force spokesperson said the public flyovers are, quote, “A way for the U.S. Air Force to showcase the capabilities of our aircraft while at the same time inspire a future generation.”