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Federal budget cuts ground Blue Angels, Thunderbirds

The Chicago Air Show and others around the country won’t be be the same this year.

The military is grounding the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds due to the automatic cuts in the federal budget totaling $85 billion.

Four of the Navy’s Blue Angels shows have been cancelled in April.  A decision has not been made about the rest of the season.

The Air Force’s Thunderbirds entire 2013 season has been canceled.

In a statement, it said all aviation support for the pubic has stopped — not only air shows, but also trade shows, flyovers and open houses.


15 Comments to “Federal budget cuts ground Blue Angels, Thunderbirds”

    bozo said:
    March 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    When the government is broke things like this happen.

    . . . . yet the spending is out of control.

    Jeff said:
    March 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    It's a COMET, NOT an asteroid!

    Keybored said:
    March 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    The government should have cut spending on crap like this a long time ago. What a total waste of taxpayer money. Further, change "pubic" to "public".

    kid1339 said:
    March 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    The way our dumb azz president is going we will need them in combat .

    Lee said:
    March 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    The TREASONOUS, Marxist/muslim pile of DUNG, occupying the whitehouse, is destroying this nation, weakening and dismantling the U.S. Military, while helping his muslim brothers and fellow Marxist comrads build their strength, both conventional and nuclear, prepairing the way for them to crush us! He should be tried for high treason, convicted and sentenced to hang by the neck until dead, for the crimes that he has committed against this country!

    Enrique said:
    March 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    The military complex needs to be reduced considerably. The soldiers, airmen/women, sailors’ etc. can perform many of the tasks contracted out. Security at the gates, running the ranges, running the ammo supply points are a few examples.

    Josh said:
    March 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Obama doesn't have the experience to a President, He doesn't know how to balance a budget or run a business. This job is way over his head.

      kid1339 said:
      March 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      He is 100% dumb azz ! He is great @ that.

    Harry said:
    March 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    If missing a few airshows or White tours will reduce debt, well that's okay with me.

    Navy A-6 Pilot said:
    March 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Full discloser up front. I am a former Navy carrier pilot, but not a “Blue”. In the reality of a “volunteer military”, both the Blues and T-Birds are very effective probably relatively cost effective recruitment. Yes there was waste in the military when I served and there is still waste today. There have been many president from both parties that have ”passed” on many opportunities to reform the system. I think this is a shortsighted decision. However when faced with a choice of flying the Blue jets or jeopardizing government workers livelihood, this is the right choice at this time.

    Jim said:
    March 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    He's breaking this country from the inside out, little by little and we are too dumb to see it.

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