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Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird -- and that's all. No blimp over the Super Bowl this year.

In fact, no blimp, no planes towing banners or any other aircraft will be allowed within seven miles of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for most of Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26.

The exceptions: military, police, fire and medical aircraft.

The no-fly zone, which also extends 18,000 feet above the stadium, will be enforced by the military planes and the Customs Service.

Similar air restrictions also were imposed during last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans and during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Goodyear Blimp is the best-known of the aircraft fans are used to seeing over key football games.

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