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Old 07-15-2013, 10:03 AM
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Talking Air Force's Thunderbirds, other units to fly again

Air Force's Thunderbirds, other units to fly again

10:36 a.m. EDT July 15, 2013

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The Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Indianapolis Air Show in 2012.(Photo: Charlie Nye, AP)




NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The Air Force says many of its combat air forces will start flying again after being grounded since April because of budget cuts.
The grounding affected about one-third of the Air Force's active-duty combat aircraft, including squadrons of fighters, bombers, and airborne warning and control craft.

Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said planes in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific would become airborne again starting Monday. The popular Thunderbirds demonstration team will also start flying again.

The Defense Department received authority from Congress to shift about $7.5 billion from lower priority accounts to more vital operations. The Air Force says the restored flying hours represent about $208 million of that allocation authorized by Congress.

The restoration of flying hours will last through Oct. 1.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...birds/2517505/
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