Military Pulls the Plug on Airshows

Feb 23, 2013 No Comments by

Facing looming sequestration budget cuts that are due to take effect on March 1, the U.S. Air Force has decided to cancel a number of popular upcoming airshows. At the same time, the Defense Department says it is prepared to put a halt to all “non-essential” military flying on April 1, including performances this year by the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds.

The upcoming airshows at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona (March 16-17), Langley Air Force Base in Virginia (May 3-5) and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina (May 18-19) all have been canceled due to the threat of sequestration cuts, the Air Force said.

For the complete story by Stephen Pope of Flying Magazine, click here.

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