Blue Angels cancel air shows over budget cuts

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FILE - In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 file photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform their precision aerobatics over the Florida Keys during the Southernmost Air Spectacular at Naval Air Station Key West, in Key West, Fla. The commander of Naval air forces announced on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 that the U.S. Navy has canceled the remainder of the elite Blue Angels demonstration team's 2013 season because of federal cuts. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal, File)
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 file photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, the U.S. …

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels says the rest of its season is canceled because of federal budget cuts.

The aerobatic team's lead pilot and team commander Tom Frosch made the announcement Tuesday at the team's headquarters. He says it is the first time since the Korean War that the team would not make the air show rounds.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1498cmj) that the cancellation means the team won't be flying over San Francisco during this fall's Fleet Week, and the future of the city's annual Fleet Week could be in doubt with the air show canceled.

Fleet Week organizer J. Michael Myatt says there probably would be no air show without the Blue Angels and the Parade of Ships also could be in jeopardy because of budget cuts.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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