Sequester means no more flyovers on the 4th of July

Sequester means no more flyovers on the 4th of July

ROY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Folks who live near Hill Air Force Base are used to hearing the F-16s fly over, but on this Independence Day the skies here and over all the 4th of July celebrations are quiet.
ROY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Folks who live near Hill Air Force Base are used to hearing the F-16s fly over, but on this Independence Day the skies here and over all the 4th of July celebrations are quiet.

They've got the picnics and the parades, but it's the little something special Utahans are missing this Independence Day.

Kimberly Carter told ABC 4 Utah, "We hear it all the time, but to have that the once a year that wheeew it's the coolest thing ever."

To not have that, Kimberly’s mother explains, is a big loss.

Pam Carter explained, "It's something that's a big deal especially in our area here where the base is so close and we love that sound of freedom."

Jennalee Carter added, "Part of our perfect summer is to having those F-16s fly."

That fly time is now reserved for more important missions.

USAF Col. Richard Leblanc told ABC 4 Utah, "Those flying hours that we use to support the flyovers come at the cost of training. When we had plenty of lying hours it was acceptable to do, but now all the flying hours, the precious few that we have, have to be kept to flying our airmen and keeping them trained and ready to go to answer our nation's call."

Just one flying hour costs the U.S. Government roughly $8,000 dollars. With the sequestration grounding fighter squadrons like the one at Hill Air Force Base, the money isn't there for the 4th of July theatrics.

"We miss doing it as well,” explained Col. Leblanc. “We're disappointed we can't support it, but it's just something we can't do."
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