Government shutdown: Miramar air show cancelled

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In this Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, two U.S. Navy Blue Angels execute a crossing maneuver at close range during the Miramar Air Show in San Diego. Marine Corps officials have said the show would be canceled this year because of the federal government shutdown.

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An F-22 Raptor, above, flies with a P-51 Mustang during the Miramar Air Show Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in San Diego. Marine Corps officials have said the show would be canceled this year because of the federal government shutdown.

Blue Angels

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels execute a maneuver during the Miramar Air Show Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in San Diego. Marine Corps officials have said the show would be canceled this year because of the federal government shutdown.


Marine Corps officials say the federal government shutdown has forced cancellation of the Miramar Air Show in San Diego this year.

Marine Corps officials in a statement Thursday apologized for the inconvenience the cancellation may have caused the sponsors and those planning to attend the event that was scheduled for this weekend.

The annual free, two-day show has been one of the nation's most popular, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors.

In past years, the show featured the Navy's Blue Angels. But the Defense Department this spring grounded military aircraft for shows, citing budget restraints.

Miramar officials had planned to still feature civilian planes and a static display of Marine Corps aircraft before the shutdown forced the cancellation.

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