- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Flyovers by F-15 fighter jets at sporting events have returned after the U.S. Air Force put the tradition on hold for two years. But, a flyover at the Pendleton Round-Up is still unlikely this year.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1GEaknP ) the Air Force recently denied the Round-Up’s request, citing a new policy that restricts flyovers to sporting and holiday events.

In a letter to the Air Force, elected officials stated that the Pendleton Round-Up was worthy of getting a flyover.

An Air Force Press spokeswoman, Jennifer Bentley, says the Air Force approved 450 flyover requests this year, and they typically receive 5,000 requests.

This year’s approvals follow the two-year suspension of flyovers due to budgetary constraints.

Bentley says the Air Force wants to expand flyovers in the future.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.info

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