Budget cuts end Blue Angels' 2013 season

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 10:37 AM

PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has canceled the remainder of the elite Blue Angels demonstration team's 2013 season because of federal cuts.

The commander of Naval air forces announced the decision on Tuesday.

The Blue Angels have performed at air shows around the world for more than 60 years. The fighter pilots selected to serve a two-year tour with the team are among the world's best and are often graduates of the Navy's famed Top Gun air tactics school.

A spokesman for the Navy said team members would be allowed to fly minimal hours to maintain flight proficiency in the F/A 18 fighter jets, but the six-jet squadron would discontinue group practices for the remainder of the season.

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