Air Force fighter jets to fly again
July 15th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

Air Force fighter jets to fly again

By Jennifer Liberto

About 300 fighter jets, including the Air Force's Thunderbirds, will begin flying again.

Since April, about a third of the Air Force's combat flying fleet has been grounded due to federal spending cuts. The Air Force won a temporary reprieve from the cuts, which will allow the jets to begin flying again.

Congress gave the Air Force and other agencies the power to re-allocate money within their budgets. The Air Force on Monday decided to reinstate $208 million to restore the flights.

The move also affects the grounded Thunderbirds. They resume training with hopes of performing aerial shows next year. There will be no Thunderbird shows this year.

 

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