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AIR FORCE ACADEMY CATCHES NETWORK HEAT FOR BOOSTER FLIGHTS
Published November 21, 1995
The "Fleecing of America" segment on Friday's "NBC Nightly News" focused on the use of military aircraft to transport the Air Force Academy band, cheerleaders, mascot squad and 53 "so- called cadets at large" to Annapolis for the Navy game. The team took commercial aircraft. The Academy calls it a "temporary duty assignment." The cost of the trips was $11,700 an hour, a total of $126,700. NBC's Roger O'Neil noted the costs of past football trips, as well as the Air Force's claim that the trips serve as "training missions" for pilots. There are no changes planned at Air Force. The Naval Academy employs military aircraft for the same purpose; Army does not ("NBC Nightly News," 11/17).