Latest Victim of Budget Cuts: Air Shows
Dozens of shows called off after Blue Angels, Thunderbirds grounded
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2013 12:33 AM CDT
The Air Force Thunderbirds, seen here the Air Expo 2012 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., were grounded April 1.   (AP Photo/Lui Kit Wong, Tacoma News Tribune, File)

(Newser) – Automatic federal budget cuts have sent air shows around the US into a tailspin from which some may never recover. The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds jet teams and the Golden Knights parachute team, the biggest attractions at many shows, were grounded April 1, causing 60 of the country's 300 or so annual air shows to cancel instead of going ahead with a big drop in attendance, the AP reports.

Around 200 air shows have been affected by the cutbacks, according to the chief of the International Council of Air Shows, who predicts that more shows will be canceled and some will never return, even if the military's superstars take to the skies again. Studies show that the air shows generate $1 billion to $2 billion for local economies nationwide, he notes.

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Apr 29, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
It was ineffective advertising anyway. It targets retired military groups. Better advertising would be glamorizing guns to teens in video games.
Apr 29, 2013 6:21 AM CDT
People just stopped paying to see air shows! They chose to spend their money on food rather than paying to watch military planes flying around. Besides, If they want to watch US military planes flying around , they can turn on a TV and watch "us" bombing some country that Israel wants bombed.
Apr 29, 2013 5:40 AM CDT
We must sustain the large pensions, gated communities, private schools and six figure salaries for our dear government employees, I just wouldn't sleep right at night if my elected official didn't live in 5 giant mansions.