Blue Angels cancel Oregon Air Show
The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy aerobatic flight team, will not be performing at the Oregon International Air Show this summer due to the sequestration cuts.
Herb Gillen, a spokesperson for the air show, said Tuesday that the Blue Angels contacted them Monday night to confirm they would be withdrawing from the July show.
Gillen disclosed that the air show had anticipated the cancellation, and will replace the Blue Angels with the Patriots Jet Team, a six-ship civilian team made up of former members of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Snowbirds.
The Associated Press also reported Tuesday that the Blue Angels show at Seafair in Seattle had also been canceled. The Blue Angels later issued a press release in which they stated that all remaining 2013 performances had been canceled.
Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government, the statement read.
In February, Air Show President Judy Willey told the Hillsboro Tribune that the Blue Angels may be forced to cancel their appearance due to the sequestration federal budget cuts. It could also force the Navy to cancel its participation in the Portland Rose Festivals Fleet Week.
According to the air show's website, the Blue Angels have already canceled several of its air show appearances across the nation.
The Oregon International Air Show will take place July 26-28 at the Hillsboro Airport.