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Blue Angels May Be Grounded For Ocean City Air Show

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The F-16 fighter jet, photographed at last summer's Ocean City Air Show, has been in service since 1974, but it's still a source of awe, even on the ground.
Bryan Russo
The F-16 fighter jet, photographed at last summer's Ocean City Air Show, has been in service since 1974, but it's still a source of awe, even on the ground.

The sequestration is threatening to the ground the planes for this summer's Ocean City Air Show. Organizers say the show must go on this June, with or without the big name military jets that have helped make the show one of the resort's cornerstone summer events.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to headline this year's show, along with other military demo teams like the Navy's F-18 Hornet and the F-22 Raptor.

But, according to the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), sequestration will trigger massive restructuring and emergency cost-cutting steps, including a reduction in non-essential military flying, which could essentially cripple the air show business nationwide.

Air shows across the country, like the one in Langley, Va. have cancelled annual shows. The Indianapolis air show, which is also scheduled for June and had the Blue Angels slated as the headliner, announced they will shelve this year's show.

But in Ocean City, organizers believe that the civilian acts and the fact that it's a free event on the beach will make the show salvageable, even if the sequester is essentially putting all plans for this year's show, up in the air.

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