April 21, 2012
The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation at dozens of air shows this year.
The decision by officials at Air Combat Command in Virginia is being made to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need. The Air Force is eliminating the solo performances of A-10, F-15 and F-16 aircraft based in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah. The only combat plane that will perform solo flights for crowds this year is a Virginia-based F-22 Raptor.
The Air Force says eliminating the other performances will save more than $15 million and allow more than 900 training flights that otherwise would have been canceled.
The cutbacks will not affect the service's premier demonstration, the Thunderbirds.
The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.
As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
powered by Disqus