The Air Force Times obtained the investigation report of the T-38 fly-by of the Iowa-Ohio State football game that was deemed too low to be legal. The report is not flattering of the pilots, but does reveal there was at least one mitigating factor:
An Air Force pilot who led a dangerously low flyover before an Iowa football game told investigators he descended to avoid other air traffic and then lost track of his altitude because he was busy with other tasks, according to a report documenting missteps in the flight’s planning and execution…
Two small planes had taken off without clearance Read more
A variety of sources report that six US Air Force pilots were punished over the 20 November 2010 flyby of the Iowa-Ohio State football game. (Four flew the aircraft, two acted as ground coordinators.) Soon after the event, it emerged the pilots may have been below required minimum altitudes.
The flight lead of the four-ship of T-38s, Maj Chris Kopacek, reportedly agreed to a deal including a reprimand and a voluntary removal from flight status to avoid a court martial. He also signed a waiver of his privacy rights, allowing the Air Force to publicize its response to his actions. From the Associated Press: Read more
According to the Air Force Times, the US Air Force determined that the November 2010 flyby of a University of Iowa football game was below the minimum altitude required by regulation.
The pilots involved may face some form of disciplinary action.
The Air Force Times revisits the T-38 flyby of the Iowa-Ohio State game, citing architectural dimensions to try to analyze the videos and claim the jets were “flying at a fraction of the minimum altitude required.” (See prior article.)
Despite the CSI-like efforts of the Air Force Times, the Air Force (which has no connection with the paper) will conduct its own investigation and act based on those conclusions.
For its part, the University of Iowa Read more
Four Air Force T-38 pilots are reportedly being investigated after executing a fly-by following the national anthem at the 20 November Iowa-Ohio State football game. Reports indicate they may have been below the required minimum altitude.
A variety of YouTube angles of the flyby are available, but even video is sometimes disputable. Quotes, on the other hand…
Maj. Chris Kopacek, one of the pilots, told The Des Moines Register Read more