Budget cuts force Air Force, Navy to ground aircraftSubmitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 07:35
By John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 9, 2013
Stars and Stripes sequestration coverage
More than a dozen Air Force fighter squadrons were grounded Tuesday at U.S. bases around the world, including some in Europe and the Pacific, as the cash-strapped service confronts the effects of steep defense budget cuts brought on by sequestration.
About one-third of active-duty Combat Air Force warplanes were to be grounded in connection with the elimination of about 45,000 flying hours by Oct. 1, according to a news release from Air Combat Command.
The Air Force’s budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, which makes it impossible to keep all squadrons ready for combat, Defense News reported.