The 2013 Air Expo planned for Joint Base Charleston has been cancelled because of the sequestration budget cuts.
The event had been slotted for June 8 and would have featured the U.S. Air Force performing Thunderbirds flying over Charleston Harbor.
“The decision to cancel our Air Expo was made shortly after we were informed the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds had cancelled their performance schedule as a consequence of sequestration,” said Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander.
“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 Charleston Harbor show would have been done to accommodate the on-going, primary runway construction expected at the base site to be completed this July.
The Navy’s Blue Angels did a harbor performance a few years ago that drew thousands of spectators on land and in boats.
No dates for future Air Expos have been set.