Thunderbirds shows canceled because of sequestration

Flying Thunderbirds performing one last show

Published On: Mar 03 2013 11:10:35 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 03 2013 11:15:05 AM EST

In response to sequestration actions, the Air Force and Air Combat Command officials have canceled aerial demonstration team performances to include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds past April 1.

Officials said this decision will allow the Air Combat Command to reallocate flying hours to combat readiness training, combat readiness and deployment commitments.

Officials said this training will ensure the strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense.

Officials said the Thunderbirds were scheduled to perform more than 60 demonstrations at 38 locations between March and November.

Officials said the squadron's mission will continue, even though the 130-person team will not be traveling after March.

Officials said there will be one last performance of the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds will perform, as scheduled, at the Tico Warbird Airshow on March 22, 23 and 24. This will be the last time visitors get to see The Thunderbirds, until the sequestration issue is resolved, officials said.