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Published: Monday, July 1 2013 7:10 p.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

This is all window dressing. these fly-overs could be used as normal training sorties. All military pilots need a minimum number of hours to maintain their qualification. This whole thing is a PR move to show the US citizens that we are actually "cutting back" due to the sequestration. How about cutting back on the flying time of the Congress and President?

Chris from Rose Park
Hartford, CT

I love planes. I love fly-overs. However, it is nice to hear of these budget cuts.


My favorite moment in the "Stadium of Fire" show, but it is not often the word frugal and government co-exist, so that brings me some joy!

DN Subscriber 2

I too love the flyovers. But, given the cutback in flight hours, our pilots really do need to make every second count towards mission essential skills, and flyovers just don't rank that high.

Of course, patriotic flyovers rate a whole lot higher than meaningless visits to African countries that are really pseudo-vacations for our annointed leader and his family and friends. The money wasted on this trip alone would pay for a lot of mission essential flight hours, and better care in the VA hospitals for our wounded warriors.

Meanwhile, in lieu of the flyover, let's spend the time to actually read verbatim the entire Declaration of Independence. Remind ourselves of they tyrannical usurpation of our rights which were being committed then, and the refusal of free men to allow this to continue.

Ogden, UT

I am not sure these flyovers are of no value. Does marketing and recruiting begin in the mind of a 5 year old as he watches those majestic screaming lawn darts overhead, then wants to go to the air show at the base to see the F-22s and sit in the pilots seat of a C-17, and sets his goal on sitting in that pilot seat some day? I did. And so did my son.

Even in a time of war, recruiting is crucial. In the meantime we will miss the sense of community with the Air Force, and national pride in what we contribute locally to peace through strength.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

All the states that voted for President Obama will have flyovers...

I saw it on Drudge.

Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT

During the presidential debates Obama told American voters that if he was elected there would not be sequestration. Another lie.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Every one seems to want some thing for nothing from the Federal government.

Every little town wishes for a flyover for their local parade.

Would it be unreal for the Stadium of Fire Committee to make a contribution to cover the cost of the fly overs?

Clearfield, UT

Flying these jets are really expensive, most likely most spectators don't realize the true cost. It's about time that America's focus on lavish expensive, unproductive activities begin to be curtailed. The Government through its Congress is reflecting a role model that in the long run may be good for America's youth and begin to learn the responsibility and the value of money, not excess.

Ogden, UT

Congress can find $30 billion to gift illegal law breakers citizenship. Obama can find $100 million to fly to Africa. No fly overs and white house tours. Go figure.

one old man
Ogden, UT

During the presidential debates Obama told American voters that if he was elected there would not be sequestration IF Congress would work together to solve the budget problems. Blaming Obama entirely for sequestration is just another lie.

Clearfield, UT

We, collectively and individually should and must do all we can to insure these sounds of freedom protected by the US Constitution are 'never' silenced! This is the very essence of what freedom represents. Remember 9-11-2011 when there was no jet noise? It was, for me horrifically eerie.I felt like evil had finally conquered good. Now it looks like the sounds of freedom are going to be silenced as a result of weak city, state and national political and military leaders who are flagrantly disregarding their Oaths of Office. Totally disgraceful and unacceptable!

I will contribute all I have to keep the sounds of freedom a part of a centuries old tradition. Please keep this legacy alive for the children, they have enough evil distracting them and discouraging them from achieving their dreams. Do it for the children, please.

Carson City, NV

Interesting that Congress has enough money to make sure their private planes fly. So sad that they would do this for July 4th.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Mohokat, let's do some research. GW Bush is in Africa with Obama right now. Bush still has Secret Service protection. How many taxpayer dollars were spent to get him over there and keep him and Laura safe?

Answer please.

(Here's what the Washington Post had to say: "Presidential travel is expensive; the cost of operating Air Force One is about $180,000 per flight hour. President Clinton’s trip to Africa in 1998 cost about $42.8 million. President George W. Bush made two trips to Africa during his two terms, although cost estimates aren’t available for those visits."

So much for transparency in the Bush years.

Rocky Mtn Lady
Columbus, MS

Sequestration is all well and good ....IF...the powers that be knew what it meant. Our "fearless" leader spending 100 million for he, his family and cronies to go to Africa; our Senate majority leader wants 100 million for Vegas tourism and our congressmen spend money on prostitutes. Meanwhile, our service men use outdated equipment, our school children cannot go inside the White House, and we cannot view a traditional symbol of our National Holiday.

Salt Lake City, UT

Obama can spend $100 million in a week visiting Africa, so why does sequestration only affect everyone but him? What a disater!

Rocky Mtn Lady
Columbus, MS

Sequestration is all well and good IF our leaders knew what it meant. Our "fearless" leader spends 100 million for family trip, our Senate Majority leader wants 100 million for Vegas tourism and our congressmen spend money researching brothels. Meanwhile our service men go without proper equipment, our Veterans are given brush of, the White House is closed to school children, and we miss a traditional symbol of our National Holiday. SAAAAAAD

very concerned
Sandy, UT

It was sad to hear the flyovers aren't happening, but our grandparents and parents (those who are still left) could tell us a few things about cutting back in order to weather the storms of the depression and actually win World War II.

As far as Sequestration, though it happened during the democratic *watch* (I'm a conservative), I haven't seen the dire consequences that were predicted. It is FAR better now to do some cutbacks in spending (or at least slow the growth) than to keep spending the way we are. Look at many nations, like Greece, Portugal, etc. We too would have riots in the streets if our spending bankrupts us. Hopefully, we will learn from sequestration.

I'm a little afraid though that the spending with The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) will make sequestration savings look like a pittance. Nevertheless, in hindsight, I think sequestration was a good move. The world did not end. We learned a lesson and we sent a message to our children and the rest of the world.

Clearfield, UT

"9-11-2001" (fat fingered it)

Perhaps we would welcome Russian and Chinese military jets that 'America' paid for, flying over our Independence celebrations and parking their war ships and aircraft carriers that 'America' paid for in our harbors. 100's of billions of dollars in interest payments sent to these countries and we are going to argue about a few hundred million dollars it would cost to perpetuate the Independence legacy by allowing the sounds of freedom to echo off the majestic purple mountain majestic ranges, and fields of grain from sea to shining sea.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Wow, the hatred dripping from some of the uninformed (or perhaps informed only by hate radio) posts here is disgusting. It's frightening to think that some people are gullible enough to believe all the stories they hear blatting from their radios.

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