The Blue Angels may have performed their final exhibition this year.
Six pilots from the Naval Air Station Pensacola’s elite fighter jet demonstration unit amazed a two-day crowd of 37,000 on March 23-24.
They performed intricate and close-quarters maneuvers above the Florida Keys during the Southernmost Air Spectacular at Naval Air Station Key West.
The public reaction has been swift and negative toward the government budget cuts that have stopped the popular air show for the time being.
“First it’s the White House Tours and now it’s the Blue Angels,’’ said an irate Facebook user. “This sequester thing stinks. Why does the government have to get rid of things the public likes best? This is just wrong.’’
Department of Defense directives, that military aerial demonstrations are among the cost-saving measures, that take effect April 1 under automatic federal budget cuts.
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