By Jennifer Liberto @jenlibertoJuly 15, 2013: 10:48 PM ET
About 300 fighter jets, including the Air Force's Thunderbirds, will begin flying again.
Since April, about a third of the Air Force's combat flying fleet has been grounded due to federal spending cuts. The Air Force won a temporary reprieve from the cuts, which will allow the jets to begin flying again.
The move also affects the grounded Thunderbirds. They resume training with hopes of performing aerial shows next year. There will be no Thunderbird shows this year.
Air Force leaders called the move a step in the right direction but warned that budget cuts have left the military agency less prepared for crisis, especially since federal funding for next year is also precarious. The latest move only restores the flights until Oct. 1, when the current fiscal year ends.
"Budget uncertainly makes it difficult to determine whether we'll be able to sustain a fully combat-ready force," said Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command.
The Pentagon is the largest federal employer, with a budget of $680 billion. It has faced the lion's share, or $40 billion of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts, that kicked in on March 1.