The air show planned for this weekend at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego has been canceled, U.S. Marine Corps officials announced Thursday. While it wasn’t immediately clear whether the move was tied to the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday, Marine officials confirmed later Thursday the show was canceled as a result of the shutdown.
In a message posted on Twitter, Marine officials said they would provide more information about the air show’s cancellation at a news conference this morning. The show, often billed as the most heavily attended in the nation, had already been undercut by the federal budget restraints known as sequestration. Because of the sequester cuts, no military planes would fly in the two-day show.
The U.S. Navy’s famed demonstration team, the Blue Angels, had been set to be the headliners. All participation in air shows by military aircraft was canceled by the Department of Defense in March, leading to the immediate cancellation of some shows.
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