Security for the National Football League's championship Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3 at the 73,719-seat University of Phoenix Stadium is a serious and demanding job. (UPDATE Little known - Tom Petty's "American Girl" is being used on the bilious Billary campaign trail and OAP John MC Cain has been using Tom's "I won't back down" ...BUT Tom has asked him to stop using it. 50 Big Clams says Tom's wig falls off during the half time gig.)
Especially to the Top Gun pilots assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing's Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., who will be flying air patrols and air defense deterrence missions all day.
The F-16 Fighting Falcons will fly at 2,000 feet at about 8 a.m. Feb. 1 over the Phoenix Metropolitan area and Nogales at 8.00 am local time to "reassure the public of their safety".
The jets will make approaches at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Sky Harbor Airport, Goodyear, Glendale, Deer Valley and Scottsdale, and then press south near Nogales to demonstrate U.S. air defense capability near the border.
During the Super Bowl, an undisclosed number of F-16s will perform air patrols to enforce the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary flight restriction over the area.
"We won't be as visible to people on the ground during the game on Sunday, but we'll be up there," Colonel Milham said.
It's good to see that Colonel Ronald K Lanbaum Guards the Guardians at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. On November 21st 2007 he issued an Emergency off limits order placing Club Envy, 6211 E.Speedway Boulevard, Tucson off limits - as " a danger to good order and dsicipline, health, safety and morale ".
Related to an altercation at the club on 3rd November between 3 soldiers and another man led to a drive-by shooting that killed one of the soldiers ( 25-year-old Spc. Robert A. Glenn, 69th Signal Company) and injured another.
Anyway on January 10th owner Larry Chanenson lost his liquor license for the club (the name had been changed to Club Z, allegedly to skirt round the military off limits order) which was suspended indefinitely by the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control.
So no more Envy and no more temptation either.
By the way, it's a slam dunk for the Patriots.... bad day to hi-jack planes and fly them into the White House as well.