Air Force cancels Raptor flights at Water Follies due to budget cuts

Tri-City HeraldMarch 20, 2013 

Raptors won’t be roaring through Tri-City skies during Water Follies this summer.

“The military has just announced they’ve eliminated all non essential flying due to sequestration cuts. Which means the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command raptors will not be coming to our air show this July,” said Kathy Powell, Water Follies event director.

The F-22 Raptor is the military’s newest fighter aircraft. Its demonstration unit is one of the top air show teams in the country.

The Raptors’ cancellation will not affect the rest of the air show, Powell said. All the other pilots and planes scheduled to participate are privately owned.

“This only affects planes and jets needing military support,” Powell said.

The Lamb Weston Columbia Cup and HAPO Community Credit Union Over-the-River Air Show is scheduled for July 26-28.

Water Follies tickets are already available on the website, www.waterfollies.com.

“Buy a weekend pass and that gets you in to watch the hydros, the air show and all the shoreline activities,” she said.

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