Air Force halts flyovers at air shows, football games


F-16 fighters from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during an air show at Kogalniceanu airport, Romania. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)

The Air Force announced that it’s halting all such flights at least through the end of the fiscal year in September. The Thunderbirds, the military’s globe-travelling aerial demonstration team known for its dizzying tricks (a.k.a “America’s Ambassadors in Blue”), will be grounded, too.

What will be the next victim of that swinging budgetary axe? Military bands?

Even the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has to forego the flyovers, which were a tradition during its football season. That leaves only the school’s lonely falcon mascot to entertain fans, The Denver Post reports.

Poor bird.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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