Blue Angels Air Shows Canceled

The popular flight performances will be no more in 2013

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:46 PM PDT
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Blue Angels Air Show Canceled

Locals react to the news that the Blue Angels will not fly at the San Diego Miramar Air Show this year.

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The Navy has officially canceled its Blue Angels performances for the rest of the year.

For San Diego, this means the annual Miramar Air Show will not have the popular flying force in this year's performance.

"Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government," read a statement released by the Naval Air Force on Tuesday morning. "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."

MCAS officials said the annual air show will continue despite the Blue Angels loss.

"We've certainly enjoyed having the Blue Angels in the past, I know they've been a fan favorite but I think it's important to note they're not what drives the Miramar Air Show, they're not what makes it," said MCSD Lt. Tyler Balzer.

Officials have cut air shows to save an estimated $28 million in budget cuts -- which also includes flyovers at games and special events.

The Navy said the squadron will continue to train in Florida to "main maintain flying proficiency until further notice."

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