The Navy says the Blue Angels will not appear at October's air show at NAS Jax this fall, along with cancelling 29 other events, if the federal sequester budget cuts go into effect on March 1st.
An internal Navy memo says they estimate a savings of $20 million, according to The Washington Times. Military officials told our partner Action News they’d cut shows from their third and fourth quarters, which includes the shows at their birthplace, NAS Jacksonville, this October.
"Oh that's sad," Denita Davis tells Action. "It's entertainment for families."
Cancelling the shows would also halt one of the Navy’s top recruiting methods. The Blue Angels website estimates that 11 million people attend their shows each year.
"I haven't heard anybody gripe about we don't want to see them because it's costing us money. I've never heard that," Ronnie Farkas says. "I can't imagine taking away the Blue Angels," she added.
But Florida Senator Bill Nelson says it’s not going to happen.
"That is a consequence if the sequester goes in to effect,” he said Monday at NAS Jacksonville. “But among reasonable people, the sequester will not go into effect."
The Navy also told Action that there is no “plan B” if the sequester happens. The shows will be cancelled.