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Sequestration Grounds Thunderbirds

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(photo credit: DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo credit: DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Nellis Air Force Base, NV) — The high-flying Thunderbirds have been grounded by sequestration.

The Air Force’s demonstration squad at Nellis Air Force Base has canceled its team performances after April 1st, due to automatic federal budget cuts.

Officials say the move will allow them to reallocate flying hours for combat readiness training.

The Thunderbirds squad had been scheduled to perform over 60 demonstrations between March and November.

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