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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

B-52 Pilot to Appeal

WASHINGTON () -- Hoping to draw on the congressional support his client enjoys, the lawyer for U.S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant Kelly Flinn has said he will appeal the order under which the nation's first female B-52 pilot agreed to leave the service to escape a court-martial on charges involving adultery, lying and disobedience.

Attorney Frank Spinner said on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press'' Sunday that Flinn will seek to have her general discharge changed to an honorable discharge in an appeal to be filed after Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall, who decided the case, retires in a few months.

The Air Force's handling of the case sparked criticism from lawmakers, who argued that the military is out of step with a more tolerant civilian world.