Posted: 5:36 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE —
It’s official: No Thunderbirds at air show
Organizers of the Dayton Air Show made it official Thursday: They don’t expect the Air Force Thunderbirds to perform at the June 22-23 event because of automatic budget cuts to defense spending.
The Air Force had announced weeks ago that Thunderbird performances would be grounded beginning April 1 because of sequestration, but Dayton Air Show organizers had held out hope the situation might change and bring the team to the Dayton International Airport.
“The Air Show had hoped that Congress would reach an agreement permitting the military jet teams to fly, but with the April 1st deadline rapidly approaching, such an agreement appears unlikely,” organizers said in a statement.
The grounding of military jet teams has canceled air shows across the country, including in Indianapolis and Cleveland, but the Dayton Air Show will fly on with a roster of other acts, organizers said.