At your next NASCAR event, you might hear, "Look! Up in the sky! It's, well, nothing." That's because government sequestration budget cuts will probably nix Air Force flyovers that have been a long-time tradition at many NASCAR races.

If fully implemented, the sequestration cuts would force the federal government to cut $1.2 trillion from its budget over the next 10 years. The reduced spending mandate slashes across every federal department including the Pentagon. Since the high-flying, pre-race panoply is hardly a necessary expense, you can bet it will be among the first picks of low-hanging budgetary fruit.

Last year, Congress banned the armed services from directly sponsoring race teams and USA Today says the March 10 NASCAR race in Las Vegas could be the last flyover for the Air Force's Thunderbirds.


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      OffRoaderWrangler
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is cool.....and there are a lot of other programs worth cutting.....but this is definitely unnecessary as a government expense. If they want it, let the stadiums pay for the flyover.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      NC_Shifter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Easy solution. Rather than flyovers by active-duty jets, pay for flyovers by some of the privately-owned vintage military planes that are all over the country. I'd rather see a flyover by a B-17 and a pair of Mustangs any day, and it would no doubt be cheaper.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NC_Shifter
        I'm not sure they would be cheaper. But that would be awesome.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          Private owners might not have commercial licenses so they might not be able to charge anything at all. I'm sure many would still be glad to show off their old planes for free, given the opportunity.
      Rob8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who needs it? I don\'t, I go to the games to watch the game. Save my tax dollars for important things thank you.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      So what? We should spend 5 generations of debt so we can be entertained for 45 seconds. And in actuality, many of these flyovers are required flight time for military pilots. This is basic politics called Washington Monument Syndrome, Mount Rushmore Syndrome, the police, firefighters and teachers first principle in which the most painful things are always cut first so voters push to increase spending. Since we spent $1.5 trillion last year in deficit spending and increased taxes $600 billion this year, we still have another $1 trillion in deficit spending this year to close up once you figure in automatic spending increases.
        Rex Monaco
        • 1 Year Ago
        @buckfeverjohnson
        Exactly. The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds could be considered optional entertainment. But how often do either of them actually they fly over a sporting event? I've never seen them flyover a NASCAR race in my 20+ years of attending races. But fighter pilots still require seat time every week for their training. So it wouldn't be hard to co-ordinate that seat time with a local event. This is the just the administration trying to scare NASCAR dads into submission.
          Rex Monaco
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rex Monaco
          Have you ever played a video game against an AI? They are easy to beat once you learn their patterns and they do very little to prepare you for PvP. And it's not just the pilots that need real world training to learn in real word conditions, the equipment also needs to continually be tested to ensure it's combat ready. But you are on to something. We could replace the President, the Senate and Congress with a super computer and fix the budget issue in a nano second without the influence of any special interest groups on the left or right.
          Rex Monaco
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rex Monaco
          "Sutpid is as stupid does" I always get a kick out of these Freudian slips.
          Rex Monaco
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rex Monaco
          It's a load of crap that fighter pilots are always training? It's this very check your brain at the door so you can protect your party at all costs mentality that is responsible for our current situation.
          Darren McLellan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rex Monaco
          Seat time? What a bunch of crap. This is classic DOD waste and you cannot handle a Democrat cutting it. Sutpid is as stupid does
          Nexus7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rex Monaco
          Fine, do it is a goddam simulator then.
      Paul Ricketts
      • 1 Year Ago
      .....and the problem with cutting these types of fancy is??........
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I didn't even know we were wasting tax dollars on things like these. There is still a lot to cut.
      Doss
      • 1 Year Ago
      "What?! No flyover?! I'm going home" said no sportsfan ever.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Something THIS SIMPLE - every time people say "Cut spending", ALL the Politicians say "Less money for kids, for education, for social security" etc.. Why don't any of them bring up the MILLIONS it costs for flyovers for various events? We can easily cut out probably 1-2 million a year in spending right here with this simple solution. I enjoy flyovers, but not at the costs that they tax us for! I bet if we keep digging there are even MORE ridiculous things they spend OUR money on.
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pageantry and motorsports.. two words I personally don't think go well together..
      • 1 Year Ago
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      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      there are no federal cuts, they are still spending more money this year than last year. the budget cut thing is a scam.
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