Budget Cuts End Blue Angels' 2013 Season

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform their precision aerobatics over the Florida Keys during the Southernmost Air Spectacular at Naval Air Station Key West March 23, 2013, in Key West, Florida. The weekend air show may mark the last Blue Angels performance for the foreseeable future due to sequester budget cuts. REUTERS/Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout

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By Aaron Hepker

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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