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Threat of budget cuts grounds Seymour Johnson air show

Posted February 15, 2013

— Air Force officials said Friday that they have canceled the 2013 Wings Over Wayne Open House and Air Show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base because of the threat of federal budget cuts.

Wings Over Wayne, which started in 1957, had been scheduled for May 18-19. No dates for future Seymour Johnson air shows have been set.

"Our decision to cease planning for the 2013 air show comes after careful review and consideration of the fiscal challenges the Air Force, the Department of Defense and our nation face," Col. Jeannie Leavitt, 4th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement.

Although the savings are low, canceling the air show enables the 4th Fighter Wing to reallocate resources to combat-readiness training, Leavitt said.

"We're taking prudent measures and doing our best to mitigate our budget risks and align available resources with current and emerging operational requirements," she said. "Remaining as mission-ready as possible and preserving our combat capability is our imperative, and we're prioritizing spending to ensure this priority is met."

She said the decision to cancel was difficult, and she thanked the Goldsboro and Wayne County communities for their continued support "during these trying fiscal times."

Carlos Herrera Goldsboro restaurant owner 'sad' to see air show canceled

Carlos Herrera, who owns Los Fogones, a Peruvian restaurant in Goldsboro, said the cancellation will hurt his business.

"The air show creates business for the area," he said. "It brings more people from other cities and everybody can (get to) know Goldsboro, and they can sample my restaurant."

Herrera estimated that the air show increases his profits by 200 percent. He said he hopes to see it back on the calendar in 2015. 

"I'm feeling so bad," he said. "I'm feeling sad (that it's canceled)."

Langley Air Force Base in southeastern Virginia likewise canceled its 2013 Air Power Over Hampton Roads Open House and Air Show in May.

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  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 18, 8:03 a.m.

    And the Democrats have drones with missiles. All you guys stockpiling your 20 M-15 knock offs and and thousands of rounds of ammunition need to keep this in mind. They're coming to get you, when you least expect it. Afghanistan was just a warm up!
    miseem

    they're coming to get you too, just because you agree with spreading Barry's tyranny doesnt make you exempt, it just makes you a useful you know what

  • miseem Feb 15, 7:59 p.m.

    Why do the Democrats hate the military. dirtydozen431

    Because they have guns.
    Crumps Br0ther

    And the Democrats have drones with missiles. All you guys stockpiling your 20 M-15 knock offs and and thousands of rounds of ammunition need to keep this in mind. They're coming to get you, when you least expect it. Afghanistan was just a warm up!

  • yankee1 Feb 15, 7:35 p.m.

    Actually cantstandgoloanymore, defense spending is 14%, Welfare 10%, Pensions 18%, Healthcare 19% and Education 13%. Sorry to let facts get in the way!

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/united_states_total_spending_pie_chart

  • yankee1 Feb 15, 7:28 p.m.

    Gee RaisinCake, what was their first the air base or you? Bad choice of housing I guess!

  • yankee1 Feb 15, 7:26 p.m.

    That's fine! Nobody thought a bunch of 15th century terrorists could take down the World Trade Center with a few box cutters either, did they? After all it's far more important to liberals and their ideology that we hand out taxpayer money to the lazy and the illegals and give gifts of military equipment to our friends- the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I get it! And Russia, China, Iran and North Korea laugh!

  • RaisinCake Feb 15, 7:20 p.m.

    I live a few hundred yards away from the base, so it doesn't bother me a bit that they are cancelling the air show. I hear and see those planes everyday. And between the choices of spending the money on an un-needed air show OR use the money to keep our boys ready, I'd say they made a wise move!

  • cantstandgoloanymore Feb 15, 7:12 p.m.

    yankee1 - like any of your doomsday prophecies are going to happened. Even with the budget cuts, our defense spending is still more than the entire GDP of all but the top 19 countries. It is 6 times the next nearest defense spending budget of any other country in the world. Yeah, cutting it 10-20% is going to just leaves open for take over.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 15, 6:48 p.m.

    Why do the Democrats hate the military.
    dirtydozen431

    Because they have guns

  • yankee1 Feb 15, 6:45 p.m.

    djofraleigh you realize that if the country is attacked and our military is budgeted out of existence, carbon emissions will matter even less than they do now. You liberals really have no clue at all.

  • yankee1 Feb 15, 6:42 p.m.

    Wait until budget cuts ground the entire Air Force. We'll see if you liberals are as comfortable then. You know the liberal bastions of New York City and DC will be the first to get blown up, right? We'll see who is laughing then!

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