No Blue Angels at SF Fleet Week due to federal budget cuts 

click to enlarge In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, 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 near Key West, Fla. The weekend air show concludes Sunday, March 24, and may mark the the last Blue Angels performance, at least through the end of September 2013, due to sequester budget cuts. - AP PHOTO/FLORIDA KEYS NEWS BUREAU, ROB O'NEAL
  • AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal
  • In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, 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 near Key West, Fla. The weekend air show concludes Sunday, March 24, and may mark the the last Blue Angels performance, at least through the end of September 2013, due to sequester budget cuts.

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 Tuesday.

The canceled season means the Navy flight team will not be making its annual appearance at San Francisco's Fleet Week.

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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