Sequester deadline could impact Thunder Over Louisville

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 12:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The sequester deadline is looming in Washington and if there is no deal by Friday, Thunder Over Louisville could be impacted.

The military is reacting to the possible budget cuts by holding back aircraft from air shows, but with the foresight for the federal budget issue Thunder coordinators started booking more civilian air show acts in December.

“We're making air show schedule changes during the air show. You have to be flexible because even if you have military aircraft there sometimes they break, so you have to do something else. We think we'll have more civilians than military, but we're ready for any contingency at this point,” Mike Reardon, air boss, said.

Reardon said they are prepared to book military teams at the last minute, should the sequester situation change.

“On the civilian side, we're going to have things that Louisville's never seen before. We'll have one team, team aerodynamic, that will have more aircraft in the air at one time than we've ever had in the box before,” Reardon said.

The air show in Indianapolis was canceled for 2013 on Tuesday. Thunder producer Wayne Hettinger said Louisville’s show was still viable thanks to the sponsors.

“They rely heavy on their ticket gate, well we don’t have a ticket gate, our sponsors have made it possible that it's free to everybody,” Hettinger said.

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