The government’s mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration have cost Charleston its biggest sky spectacle of the year: an airshow over Charleston Harbor.
The 2013 Air Expo planned for Joint Base Charleston was canceled Monday due to frills-cutting.
The event had been slotted for early June and would have featured the Air Force’s performing Thunderbirds air team flying over the city’s waterfront.
“The decision to cancel our Air Expo was made shortly after we were informed the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds had canceled their performance schedule as a consequence of sequestration,” Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander, said in a news release.
“We value the patriotism and support of our community, but in light of our current fiscal challenges, commanders at all levels must make sound decisions to use resources wisely.”
The Navy’s Blue Angels performance team conducted a similar harbor overflight performance in April 2010 that drew tens of thousands of spectators on both land and sea.
No dates for future Air Expos have been set.
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