The party rolls on at the White House, but not for those who had hoped to view Navy’s daredevil Blue Angels flying squadron, which has been forced by the sequester to cancel all of its remaining performances for the rest of the year, the Navy announced Tuesday.
The Blues were scheduled to fly 32 more shows this year, though some had already been nixed as budget cuts have gone into effect.
According to the Naval Air Command in San Diego:
Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government.
This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them.
The Navy said it “intends” to resume the shows at some point, but it made no promises:
The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the professionalism and capabilities of our Navy and Marine Corps Naval Aviation team, thus inspiring future generations of Sailors and Marines. The Navy intends to continue aerial demonstrations in the future as the budget situation permits.
According to reports, Blue Angels pilots will continue to train, but not at the level they need to fly the complicated maneuvers that awe spectators at their shows. They may also occasionally fly before the public but will not perform the stunts for which they are famous.
Meanwhile, the Air Force demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, has also cancelled its remaining 2013 shows.