NELLIS AFB, NEV. – Due to the sequester, the U.S. Air Force has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year, and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs. This includes the cancellation of support to all air shows, tradeshows, flyovers, orientation flights, heritage flights, F-22 demonstration flights, and open houses, unless the event includes only local static assets. Also, the Air Force has canceled the Thunderbirds’ entire 2013 season effective April 1, 2013. For more information, contact Air Force Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-695-9664. For information specific to the USAF Thunderbirds, call Air Combat Command Public Affairs at (757) 764-5007.