Government cuts ground "Blue Angels"

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by KMOV Web Producer

CBS

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM

PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (CBS) --  Daredevil Navy pilots have fallen victim to Washington's daredevil budget negotiators.

  The Blue Angels, the Navy's elite precision flight demonstration team has canceled more appearances at forthcoming air shows owing to the sequester's cuts in the federal budget.

  According to the Department of Defense, canceling the Blue Angels' air shows over the next six months will save $20 million of the $4 billion the Pentagon must cut from the Navy's budget.

  On Wednesday morning approximately 8,000 fans and photographers braved the cold outside the National Museum of Naval Aviation, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, to watch what may be the next-to-last practice of the Blue Angels for the indefinite future.

  "The team, we're just trying to stay mission-focused right now," Lt. Katie Kelly told CBS Affiliate WKRG. "We're practicing this week and making sure we're putting on a safe demo."

  The team's last air show appearance was last weekend's Southernmost Air Spectacular in Key West, Fla.

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