Budget cuts ground Blue Angels, Thunderbirds
April 9th, 2013
01:34 PM ET

Budget cuts ground Blue Angels, Thunderbirds

By Brad Lendon

(CNN) - The nation's best military fliers have had their wings clipped, thanks to the forced spending cuts imposed on the federal government this year.

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday announced it was canceling all the air shows its Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron had scheduled for the rest of the year. The Navy action follows the Air Force's April 1 announcement that its Thunderbirds team would not perform again this year.

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  1. kenneth miaczynski

    Best way to put the words budget cuts FEAR! Bleaders be forwarned those cuts are one very important thing when you are facing reelection.Those cuts are VOTERS

    May 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  2. 1371usmc

    I almost hate to say it but this should have been done along time ago.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Travis

      Too bad 1371usmc, that they won't also ground those cursed drones used to slaughter people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen! This is what needs to be done in order to save the honor of this country, if nothing else!

      April 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • 1371usmc

        I was thinking more along the lines that they could use the planes, pilots, and funds to killer more terrorists

        April 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  3. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • Towel Head Detection System

      Warning!!!!!!!!...............Warning!!!!!!!!!.............Warning!!!!!!!!!!!!..........Towel Head detected!!!!!!!!!!!.

      April 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  4. DC Observer

    We can thank Harry Reid for this. He refused to allow a vote on taking out a $381 million missile project despite the fact that DOD and all military leaders confirm that the missile system is not wanted; not needed; and will never be deployed. Harry would not cut this totally worthless waste of money because the firms building the missile system are in Dem states...... Likewise Raid refused to cut the Sherman tank project – billions being spent building tanks that the Pentagon did not ask for; does not want, and will not use - as the 100 tanks are built each month they are shipped to Arizona where they are shrink wrapped and stored in the desert never to be used -- This is the real Obama -Dem program of waste and lobby oriented votes

    April 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Reply

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