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TBirds And Others Up!

Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:02 pm

The Associated Press
BREAKING: US Air Force combat forces, Thunderbirds to fly again after being grounded by budget cuts

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"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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RE: TBirds And Others Up!

Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:20 pm

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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RE: TBirds And Others Up!

Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:04 pm

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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RE: TBirds And Others Up!

Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:04 am

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

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RE: TBirds And Others Up!

Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:28 am

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.

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Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:08 am

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...

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RE: TBirds And Others Up!

Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:28 am

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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