Mar 11, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A general view as the US Air Force Thunderbirds perform a flyover before the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Goverment Cutbacks End Flyovers at NASCAR Races

If anyone has ever watched or attended a NASCAR race they know that at the end of the National Anthem there is a flyover. Due to government and military cutbacks though, the flyovers will be no more for the time being.

According to, the military had to make 30 percent cuts which have caused the United States Air Force to cut back its flying hours by 18 percent. Unfortunately, flyovers at sporting events is not a necessity and was cut. On March 1st the Air force stopped all flyovers except for the Thunderbirds who will be suspended from flyovers on April 1st. The Thunderbirds flew over this past weekend at Las Vegas.

There hopefully though, will be some private companies that will be willing to do flyovers. When looking at the money though, Fox 4 in Dallas reported that the average cost of a fly over was about $10,000 per plane, per hour. Times that by 36 races and that’s $360,000 and that’s just a one plane flyover and only NASCAR. Other sports are starting to use the flyover after the National Anthem as well.

Flyovers at NASCAR races have been apart of NASCAR for as long as anyone can remember. Bill France Sr was a very patriotic person and he was one of the first people to use flyovers for sporting events. Most NASCAR fans as well are very patriotic and it is a shame to see them go but when the money is tight we have to be real and unfortunately flyovers are something that can be cutback.

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