Military Planes Return to AirVenture in Oshkosh Next Year - WBAY

Military Planes Return to AirVenture in Oshkosh Next Year

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Military planes will start returning to the skies at air shows across the country next year, including EAA AirVenture. Automatic government budget cuts or sequestration grounded many of those planes this year.

EAA's 2013 AirVenture was wildly successful, despite the absence of current military planes due to sequestration. Other attractions like the appearance of Jetman, the flying human being and the world premier of the Disney film, "Planes", helped draw in large crowds. But EAA officials just announced, military planes are coming back to AirVenture this year including the Air Force Thunderbirds who will perform for the first time ever over Oshkosh.

"It's the first time we've had a US military jet team, the full team do a full show here. We've had the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels do flyovers, we've had single ships from each of those teams here, but we've never had the full team doing the full show," says Dick Knapinski from EAA.

The Thunderbirds appearance at next year's AirVenture will make up for the team having to pull out of this past summer's performance. The precision flight team will have an opportunity to not only wow crowds, but work on its public relations after being grounded earlier this year.

Knapinski says, "After sequestration they said we have to get these back out flying again to showcase what we can do to showcase what the taxpayers are paying their money for and what readiness we have."

And while there's a lot to work out logistically between now and the beginning of August, EAA officials say it's what they do and they look forward to working with the thunderbird team to make scenes like these a reality over Oshkosh.

We also reached out to the officials of Thunder on the Lakeshore, an annual air show in Manitowoc that struggled last year, and faces an uncertain future because of a lack of military planes performing. Organizers tell us they've submitted the paperwork necessary to request military attendance at their show. And officials will meet this month to determine the future of the event.

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