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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4163 times:
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The Associated Press
BREAKING: US Air Force combat forces, Thunderbirds to fly again after being grounded by budget cuts

AND

"7/15/2013 - JOINT BASE LANGELY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- Combat Air Forces, or CAF, units from multiple commands began flying again today after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration.

The restored flying hour program represents $208 million of the $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation authorized by Congress. The money reinstates critical training and test operations for the CAF fleet across the Air Force for the remainder of fiscal 2013. This impacts not just Air Combat Command units, but also CAF units assigned to United States Air Forces Europe and Pacific Air Forces..."


http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123355835


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

Good news. So will the TBirds/Blues still do shows this fall I assume? Were they out of practice during the cuts or was it just no traveling to shows?

Either way we knew this was going to be short term, just glad they are off the hiatus for now.



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4084 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
Good news. So will the TBirds/Blues still do shows this fall I assume? Were they out of practice during the cuts or was it just no traveling to shows?

No public shows for 2013 and a limited line up for 2014

Still better than nothing,eh?



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User currently offlinej.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3960 times:

Meanwhile, DOD civilians, to include Air Traffic Controllers, are still required to take 1 unpaid day off a week for 11 weeks.

MO



What is the difference between Fighter pilots and God? God never thought he was a fighter pilot.
User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

Quoting j.mo (Reply 3):

Meanwhile, DOD civilians, to include Air Traffic Controllers, are still required to take 1 unpaid day off a week for 11 weeks.

And how many flight hours were cut from the USAF and USN? Bet you it saved a lot more than 88 hours of pay per pilot. It is all the same government... everyone has to swallow that bitter pill.

[Edited 2013-07-15 19:29:49]

User currently offlinej.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

Quoting Oroka (Reply 4):
And how many flight hours were cut from the USAF and USN? Bet you it saved a lot more than 88 hours of pay per pilot. It is all the same government... everyone has to swallow that bitter pill.

Pilots are part of the military so they were not furloughed.

That's funny you think sequestration will save the Government money...

MO



What is the difference between Fighter pilots and God? God never thought he was a fighter pilot.
User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Quoting j.mo (Reply 5):
Pilots are part of the military so they were not furloughed.
Quote:
The U.S. Air Force will begin grounding combat air squadrons Tuesday in response to forced spending cuts that have eliminated more than 44,000 flying hours through September, according to internal documents obtained by Defense News.

The Air Force’s budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, making it impossible to keep all squadrons ready for combat, according to an April 5 memo signed by Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, director of operations for Air Combat Command. The across-the board spending cuts, called sequestration, took effect March 1 when Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/2...SAF-Ground-17-Combat-Air-Squadrons


Grounding 17 squadrons (ie pilots not in the air burning JP-8) and cutting out $591m in flying hours wont save any money? That is some fancy math work going on there. Air force alone cut 45 000 hours of flying time... pretty sure that is A LOT more per hour than pushing tin.


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