Budget cuts clip wings of famed Blue Angels
The famous Blue Angels have been grounded by budget cuts.
The U.S. Navy announced Tuesday that that all the air shows for the famed dare devil pilots will be canceled for the rest of the year. This news comes just a week after the Air Force announced its air team, the Thunderbirds, would not be performing in 2013.
"Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government," a statement from the office of the Commander Naval Air Forces read. "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 budget cuts come as a part of the sequester, which is forcing the federal government to deal with $85 billion in cuts for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which ends on the last day of September. The cuts are mandated by a 2011 agreement by Congress that raised the federal debt ceiling.
The crowd-pleasing pilots are not scheduled for this year's National Cherry Festival, but are on the schedule for 2014. Whether they perform next summer will depend on the budget.
They will continue to train to maintain their skills at their home station in Pensacola, Florida.