Too harsh? Navy grounds fighter jocks for low pass

The Navy Times is reporting that two F/A-18 pilots have been assigned to desk jobs following a Navy-sanctioned low-pass of the Bobby Dodd football stadium before the start of a Georgia Tech game on 7 November.

Though commissioned by the Navy to make the pass, the Navy Times article notes that the pilots, both graduates of the school, were apparently not to descend below 1,000ft, the minimum altitude for which pilots can overfly a crowd per FAA regulations.

Several links to the fly-over have been posted, showing the aircraft at an estimated 300ft or so of altitude. While that’s a bit low, it doesn’t seem out of the ordinary for a flyover.

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