eksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1330 posts, RR: 24 Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4433 times:
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The Associated Press
BREAKING: US Air Force combat forces, Thunderbirds to fly again after being grounded by budget cuts
"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..."
j.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4155 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...
What is the difference between Fighter pilots and God? God never thought he was a fighter pilot.
Oroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3954 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.
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.