VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) - Tough times are on the horizon for air shows around the country if no budget deal is reached in Washington Friday, March 1.
If sequestration hits this Friday, the Air Force will be forced to cut $12.4 billion from its budget. This will include the cancelation of all aviation support; public flyovers, military graduations, and air show performances, according to Wendy Varhegyi, who is the Chief of the Engagement Division, Air Force public affairs.
The Dayton Air Show brings approximately 75,000 people to the area every year and pumps $3.2 million into the local economy. 2013 will mark the 39th consecutive show, making it one of the oldest and most premiere air shows in the nation. However, this year, the show may have to go on without the world renowned Thunderbirds.
"We are forced to do this due to the impact of sequestration cuts that are enacted on us effective March 1, said Varhegyi in a phone interview. "This is the result of the super committee failing to make a deal back in 2007."
Brenda Kerfoot, who is the General Manager and official spokesperson of the Dayton Air Show, said she's still waiting on official word concerning the Thunderbirds performing in the show.
"The loss would be felt but there are a lot of other entertaining aerial acts that we will provide for spectators," said Kerfoot.
The Air Force must cut $12.4 billion from its budget should sequestration hit. Only a decision made by congress would prevent the Thunderbirds from being grounded by April 1st.
"It was a difficult decision," said Varhegyi. "We use the flyover program to stay connected with the American people but we feel we have no choice."
The 2013 Dayton Air Show will go on the weekend of June 22 and 23.
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