PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Navy has canceled the remainder of the elite Blue Angels demonstration team's 2013 season because of federal cuts.
The commander of Naval air forces announced the decision on Tuesday.
The Blue Angels have performed at air shows around the world for more than 60 years. The fighter pilots selected to serve a two-year tour with the team are among the world's best and are often graduates of the Navy's famed Top Gun air tactics school.
A spokesman for the Navy said team members would be allowed to fly minimal hours to maintain flight proficiency in the F/A 18 fighter jets, but the six-jet squadron would discontinue group practices for the remainder of the season.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) --- The fate of Rockford’s Airfest is still up in the air thanks to the sequester.
Their headliner, the Blue Angels have already cancelled their spring air show performances. If a deal isn’t reached, automatic spending cuts could ground them this summer too.
For now, leaders at Rockford’s airport tell us they’re still booked for June first and second and Airfest is still a go.