Thunderbirds cancel visit to Battle Creek
Updated: Tuesday, April 9 2013, 06:35 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The Air Force Thunderbirds have canceled their visit to Battle Creek for the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Fest.
A notice posted on the festival's website says the reason for the cancellation is the Sequestration.
It reads in part: “As a result of SEQUESTRATION, The Department of Defense has directed the Air Force and all the military services that provide aviation support to “public events” to stand down for the 2013 fiscal year.”
The Air Show and Balloon Festival will continue on, just without the Thunderbirds.
The military budget cuts also mean the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be grounded this summer as well.
The Blue Angels most recently appeared in Battle Creek in 2011, but commanders hope to be flying all over the country again very soon.
Groups like the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels perform an important public outreach campaign for the military, with the hopes of inspiring future generations of airmen and sailors.
One performance, however, can also cost over $100,000.
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