NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As it turns out, the Blue Angels won’t be performing this October at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth.
Federal budget cuts have prompted the Navy to cancel the remaining portion of the Blue Angels 2013 season.
Lieutenant John Supple, the spokesman for the Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi, said the amount of money being saved by the U.S. government is significant. “Between $35 million to $40 million for the entire season.” Supple said the amount, “Includes the travel, the gas, that’s the entire operating budget of the Blue Angles for the year. That includes the training that they do at [NAF] El Centro beforehand.”
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron entertains millions of spectators each year, but Supple said the focus must be prioritized. “This is one of many steps that the Navy’s taking to make sure that we’re supporting the men and women who are out forward, fighting for freedom,” he explained. “The Navy needs to ensure that we are able to support the forces that are operating forward overseas and in training the guys who are getting ready to relieve those guys as well.”
The Blue Angels were formed in 1946, and so far have flown for and estimated 484 million fans. Lieutenant Supple said he doesn’t expect that type of tradition to end. The Navy does intend to continue the aero-demonstrations in the future, when the budget situation permits that. So we’re looking forward to doing that.”
Hopefully the Blue Angels will be back in the sky next year, and if they are there will be a Texan among them. Marine Capt. Dusty Cook, of East Bernard, Texas has been pre-selected to join the 2014 Blue Angels team.
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