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Manitowoc air show fills gaps with civilian acts

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - The producer of the Thunder on the Lakeshore air show in Manitowoc says 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 says 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 says he's now talking to private owners of former military aircraft and to aerobatic performers and expects to have a strong lineup.

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

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