Manitowoc air show fills gaps with civilian acts

Organizers look to private aircraft owners, aerobatic performers

Published On: Apr 28 2013 12:59:46 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 28 2013 01:04:05 PM CDT

The producer of the Thunder on the Lakeshore air show in Manitowoc said he and others are working hard to fill gaps in the lineup left by federal budget cuts.

The armed services grounded their top jet teams as well as smaller demonstration teams to save money after automatic federal budget cuts went into effect.

Curt Drumm said Thunder on the Lakeshore was supposed to have teams of U.S. Air Force F-16s and U.S. Navy F-18s, along with a current military jet flying in a formation with retired military aircraft.

He said he's now talking to private owners of former military aircraft and to aerobatic performers and expects to have a strong lineup.

Still, Drumm said it won't be quite the same without what he calls "those big, noisy jets."

Other air shows in the state that are planned for the summer have said they don't expect to be affected by the military cuts.