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No military jets, but civilian planes galore at Thunder Over Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby Festival has announced that the military will not provide aircraft for this year's Thunder Over Louisville air show.

But officials tell us the show must -- and will -- go on, but with civilian planes only.

The decision comes after federal budget cuts took effect in Washington. Thunder organizers say many cities have canceled their shows altogether. Thunder is not canceling anything.

Instead, they say they're nearly tripling the amount of civilian aircraft we'd normally see. We're used to seeing military aircraft mixed with civilian planes, so organizers say this year's show will be very different.

Instead of those F-16 jets and B-52s zooming by, they say there will be more tricks like loops and rolls.

Thunder is only three weeks away and this is a big change, but organizers want you to know they were prepared for this and are very confident in their line up.

"This is probably going to be one of the best night time air shows that we've had because of the type of acts that are going to be in it," said Mike Berry, President of Kentucky Derby Festival.

"I'm really looking forward to the show. I miss the military not being there. I love them but we've had to do without the Army for the last four years because of a variety of reasons with their combat connections. I really hope we get them back but we've got a tremendous air show set up," Mike Riordan told WDRB.

If the military gets a last minute go ahead, organizers say they can accommodate.

"If something breaks with the sequester, Mike tells me he can fit these military airplanes in with almost the drop of a hat," said Mike Berry, President of Kentucky Derby Festival.

You can expect to see 35 civilian planes in the show on April 20.

Click HERE to visit the Thunder Over Louisville Web site.

If you go there, you can see video clips of these planes in action.

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