NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Air Force officials say federal budget cuts mean the grounding of the Thunderbirds precision aerial demonstration team and cancellation of a popular Nellis Air Force Base open house and air show.
The 99th Air Base Wing commander, Col. Barry Cornish, announced Tuesday that Aviation Nation 2013 is off.
The event had been scheduled Nov. 9-10.
Base spokesman Benjamin Newell says there's no chance it could happen now.
The event features displays by all the military services — highlighted by shows by the Nellis-based Air Force Thunderbirds.
Cornish says Aviation Nation lets Nellis show the community what takes place on the base, and he says he hopes it'll be back.
But he says budget cuts dubbed sequestration are forcing the Air Force to prioritize combat readiness over other activities.
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