Military won't provide flyover for Indianapolis 500 due to sequester woes; IMS makes other plans

Flyover will feature non-military aircraft

INDIANAPOLIS - The military won't provide a flyover for the Indianapolis 500 due to sequester woes, but the Indianapolis Motor Speedway promises fans won't be disappointed.

IMS officials said they are in talks with three organizations to possibly provide a non-military flyover for the May 26 race.

Spokesman Doug Boles pointed out that it won't be the first time the flyover before the Indy 500 has featured non-military aircraft.

"(We work with) folks who own decommissioned military aircraft that bring them in for events just like this. So they are folks who go to air shows and do other things," he said. "They are no longer active military aircraft, but that is what we are looking at moment."

The military has also informed IMS that it will not be providing members of the armed services to be on hand for the ceremony prior to the race.

Boles said there will still be some kind of special involvement for Hoosiers who have served in the military.

"Second to the race, paying tribute to our servicemen and women and the military is one of the most important components of race day. That will not change," he said.

Boles said a decision about the flyover should be made soon.

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