|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?
|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.
|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.
|Quoting j.mo (Reply 5):|
Pilots are part of the military so they were not furloughed.
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.
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