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Air Force pilots disciplined

IOWA CITY, Iowa (WKOW) -- Six Air Force pilots who flew in a spectacular flyover before an Iowa football game have been disciplined for flying too fast and too close to the press box.

The lead pilot says he is giving up his right to fly military aircraft due to the incident.

The flyover occurred on Nov. 20, just before Iowa kicked off against Ohio State. The planes came within sixteen feet of the press box.

The jets also approached speeds of 400 knots during both the flyover and practice runs the day before. That's 100 knots faster than pilots are allowed to fly.

Col. Russell Mack is commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing. He says while he understands fans attending the game enjoyed the flyover, the rules are meant to insure safety.

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