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Budget Cuts Threaten to Ground Blue Angels Before Seafair

If Congress fails to pass a defense budget by March 1, the U.S. Navy may be forced to eliminate the popular traveling air show.

Budget gridlock in Congress could threaten this year's Seafair performance of the Blue Angels and potentially eliminate the entire U.S. Navy air show.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the upcoming sequestration deadline means the U.S. Navy could eliminate the popular air show program if Congress fails to reach consensus on a defense budget by March 1.

KIRO TV reports the Navy has confirmed the move would result in the cancelation of this summer's Seafair performance, scheduled for Aug. 2-4. But Seafair President Beth Knox said she is not in panic mode—yet.

"As we've seen in recent history, many adjustments are made prior to finalizing the budget, so until this occurs, it would be inappropriate to speculate potential cuts or the degree to which they happen," Knox told KIRO. "The Blue Angels are confirmed to fly at Seafair in 2013 and we remain confident the Seattle region will get to enjoy them this summer as they have for over 40 years.” 

Would you miss the Blue Angels? Tell us in the comments section.

Lise Quinn March 04, 2013 at 07:27 PM
They didn't survive in the numbers people do now - that is why we started these programs. Maybe you should revisit your 20th century history. This is stupid, they're just plane acrobatics. Not the defense of the country. They aren't dismantling them, their just not fueling them for an airshow. Big deal. Why should we be misappropriating our war machines for civilian entertainment.
Rouchard Duprie March 05, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Simple, the administration has much admiration for the Muslim Brotherhood. And besides, what the government does with your tax dollars is none of your business as it really was never your money to begin with.
Edward A. March 05, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Regarding your first point, that is becoming a familiar "neocon" paranoid fantasy. This administration is not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, but they achieved power in democratic elections. That's the danger of democracy in the middle east - many people there want Muslim theocracy, just as many people here want Christian theocracy. Here, thankfully, they are a minority -- and our constitution forbids it. Regarding your second point -- it is painful to watch your country's precious capital wasted, and that's how many of us felt as we watched almost a trillion dollars (most of it borrowed) get squandered in Iraq.
Rouchard Duprie March 05, 2013 at 05:50 PM
@Edward A. "Regarding your first point, that is becoming a familiar "neocon" paranoid fantasy." Worse than fantasy is the cult like, messianic worship of a politician who has a narcissistic personality disorder.
Edward A. March 05, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I don't know if it's worse, but it is bad enough -- it is basically the other extreme. If you poke through my comments on this site, though, you'll see I am not in that category.

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