Due to federal budget cuts as a result of the sequestration, the US Navy has been forced to cancel the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
In a statement released by the Navy today, “Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government. This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them.”
The Navy has said it aims to resume Blue Angel performances “as the budget situation permits.”
Among the Blue Angel events cancelled will be the May 27th Naval Academy graduation at which President Obama will be giving the commencement address.
Since 1946, the Blue Angels and their acrobatic, high-speed stunts have wowed crowds and helped the Navy with its recruiting; counting it as a very costly public relations campaign.
The Air Force’s Thunderbird F-16 air-shows were also cancelled as part of the required budget cuts.