Back in March 2013, Sequestration grounded all flyovers and airshow demonstrations. In September of last year, airshow performances by the USAF Thunderbirds and F-22 Raptor were approved for 2014, but the Air Force outreach budget was cut about 45% overall. This limited any flyovers. In the past, over 1,000 events nationwide had flyovers.
Chief of Civic Engagement for Air Force public affairs says: “The Air Force does not yet have fiscal 2015 guidance from the Defense Department for its flyovers, so the service must abide by fiscal 2014 guidance that requires the service to request an exception from the Defense Department for flyovers.”
Judging by this statement, it seems that while some flyovers will resume, there won’t be many of them and it’s not back to the old days. However, it’s nice to see flyovers resume to some degree!
The following events will have a flyover from the USAF:
- Oct. 3 Major League Baseball playoff game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants
- Oct. 4 Air Force Academy game against the Naval Academy
- Oct. 11 NASCAR Bank of America 500 in Charlotte,NC
- Oct. 18 Air Force Academy game against New Mexico
Information from the Air Force Times contributed to this blog post.