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.