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No military aircraft in this year's Thunder Over Louisville

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Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Military aircraft won't be a part of this year's Thunder Over Louisville, at least for now.

WDRB talked with the show's producer, Wayne Hettinger, on Thursday. He says that due to the sequester in Washington, military officials have told him they cannot provide aircraft this year.

However, Hettinger says the show's organizers are working on a plan A and plan B, just in case that changes.

That's because the military also told organizers they may get a last minute "green light" to fly in Thunder.

Organizers say we should still expect a full air show with civilian planes but fans tell WDRB they're disappointed.

"I really like the military aircrafts how they do the helicopter drills above the water and everything. That's pretty cool. Civilian aircraft is pretty cool too but I probably won't come out if it's just going to be that," said Russell Hoon.

Long time Thunder fans say they're disappointed simply because the civilian planes aren't as impressive as the military aircraft.

"Maybe they have a banner, maybe they do some formations but it's not the level of professionalism that you would see (with the military aircraft)," Hoon said.

Officials say this comes from forced federal budget cuts.

Thunder organizers say they saw this coming. That's why an alternate plan has been in the works.

They say the military planes are often on a last-minute schedule anyway -- whether it's because of current missions or budget cuts so the plan could change again if the military gives a last minute green light.

Thunder is set for April 20th. You can keep up to date by clicking here.

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