Skip to comments.Dozens of air shows cancelled after military jets grounded due to sequester
Posted on 04/30/2013 6:07:18 AM PDT by EnjoyingLife
Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts.
For years, the biggest draws at air shows have been the military's two elite jet teams, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds, and their intricate stunts. The armed services also have provided F-16, F-18 and F-22 fighter jets and the U.S. Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights. All the teams were grounded as of April 1 to save money, and the military also dramatically curtailed its help with ground displays of various aircraft.
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Making it hurt to give propaganda talking points to Carney the Carney.... Thanks, president Fraud!
Not “due to sequester”, but “due to the president’s choice to make any budget cuts hurt the people as much as possible”.
Is the Air Force museum being hammered by this?
The National Museum of the United States Air Force (official name but commonly known as the Air Force Museum) at Wright-Patterson AFB is still open. However, there are two hangers, the “Presidential Aircraft” and “Experimental Aircraft” hangers, that have been closed. These hangers are inside the Area-B section of WPAFB and only accessible to the public via a reserved bus ride from the main Museum. Support for these bus rides have been cut due to the sequester.
Picture says it all.
Ground Air Force I until the air shows resume. This is the worst First Family in history for wasting tax payer dollars on themselves.
Hurts only patriots and grounds the best pilots in the nation.
What a cool museum. I visited over 20 years ago. At the time there was an F-4 cockpit you could climb into, and an SR-71 on display.
More of this “sequester” Mickey Mouse.
Obama always seems to find money for his Moslem pals, and always seems to run out whenever Americans want or need it.
Clearly, His Royal Highness the Holy Islamic Shah of the United States is full of it - and himself.
"Free Food Stamps For Illegals"
I know the government is still on solid financial ground and there is no need to be concerned.
Meanwhile the King and Queen party on?
This will have a huge impact on these airshows, the Blues and Thunderbirds are big draws. It will have a significant impact.
“Hurts only patriots and grounds the best pilots in the nation.”
Yes, the 47% only care about delays in their government checks.
If its been 20 years, you wouldn’t recognize it. I live in the area, and only go there every year or two. Every time I go, there seems to be something new. It truly is an amazing place.
Seafair is a big deal in Seattle every year (Torchlight Parade; hydro races on Lake Washington, touring Navy & Coast Guard ships, Blue Angels practices & show, etc.). IIRC it’s only the 2nd time in many, many years, the Blue Angels won’t be performing this year (which is a huge disappoint for many of us). Heard on the local news this a.m. that the Seafair Committee is giving $80k to a group out of California to perform). While I’ll watch them, it won’t be the same.
I’ve looked forward to and watched the Blue Angels every year. The site of them and the sound never gets old - I always get goose bumps.
As I mentioned, there are usually several Navy & Coast Guard ships that come into the Seattle waterfront and allow tours. While there are several military installations not far from Seattle (Everett, Bremerton, Fort Lewis & McCord, etc.), this gives the civilians an opportunity to board and see the ships and interact with our great military men and women. We don’t have the opportunity for doing so this year either. Heard on local TV this a.m., that a Canadian ship will be in port. While I respect the Canadian military and people, this isn’t right. Happy to have them here, but I want the US MILITARY here, too.
If I had a choice between spending money on ships coming into port for Seafair or the money being spent on our troops, no question - I support the latter. But, I don’t think it’s necessarily an either or situation, it’s Obummer being an a**hat again - let’s let the peons feel the hurt of the Sequestration.
Honor Bound: Fly the Friendly Skies of Afghanistan
This flight attendant on a shuttle between Bagram, Afghanistan and an
Forward Ops Base is very different from our commercial experiences. Humorous
presentation in a dangerous place.
Too bad! The XB-70 is one of my favorites and is located in one of those areas.
Planes grounded - but we still have to maintain them and pay and support the Airmen. Another BHO BS scam!
As Obama goes on vacations, not grounding Air Farce One, and illegal aliens getting food stamps is known, this “hurt them until they vote for my budget” thing is backfiring.
Using the military as a half-assed economic assistant is a lousy use of taxpayer money.
Spend the military budget on national security. Cut the fluff.
If memory serves me correctly, currently in the world there are 42 countries that have aerial demonstration teams. South Korea, Greece, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina to name but a few. There is only 1 nation that has grounded it’s demo teams because it can’t afford them... Obama’s America.
The airshow in Myrtle Beach cancelled this summer. When the Thunderbirds cancelled the sponsors cancelled. Huge economic impact..
This is the type of thing liberals wanted from day one.
They would prefer to see no military, and all the money spent on it being used for, as Ann Coulter puts it, “their comically useless entitlement programs”.
This is just one more way for them to impact the military via reducing their visibilty and reducing their enlistments.
KeyLargo, That was frikking brilliant. Thank you so much for posting it, I needed a laugh today, and that did the trick!
Heh, that was great!