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Indianapolis Air Show grounded for 2014 and ‘thereafter’

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 1, 2013) – After soaring for 16 years, the Indianapolis Air Show has now been relegated to the runway.

The group’s executive committee canceled the 2014 show and said it would no longer hold the event. Organizers pulled the plug on the 2013 show in the wake of federal sequestration, which grounded military performers like the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds. The 2013 Indianapolis Air Show had booked the Blue Angels as its headline performer.

The cancellation made it nearly impossible for organizers to find sponsors and plan a show for 2014. The executive committee posted the following message on the event’s website:

“The Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Air Show has decided not to produce an event in 2014 and thereafter. We appreciate the support the Air Show has received over the past 16 years however current circumstances indicate that it is impracticable to produce future Air Shows.”

Proceeds from the event went to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, but the donations shrank over the years as attendance declined and expenses increased.

Riley Hospital issued the following statement:

The Indianapolis Air Show was a wonderful partner to Riley Hospital for Children and we remain very grateful for their support.

The event was held at Indianapolis Regional Airport (formerly Mount Comfort Airport). It had been scheduled for June 13-14, 2014.