Uncertainty surrounding federal budget cuts has prompted organizers of the Indianapolis Air Show to cancel this year’s event.
The executive committee made the decision to cancel the 2013 Indy Air Show after considering the effects of federal sequestration. The event was scheduled for June 15 and 16 at Indianapolis Regional Airport near Mt. Comfort.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels were scheduled to headline the event, but if broad cuts are made to federal sectors, U.S. military jet teams could be grounded. Additional military support for air shows could also be suspended.
“Due to budget uncertainties resulting from the threat of sequestration and its impact on military participation at our show, all of which are beyond our control, we have been forced to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2013 Indianapolis Air Show,” said Robert Duncan, chairman of the show’s executive committee.
According to Duncan, other air shows around the nation have made the same decision, citing sequestration as the primary reason. Duncan said organizers will explore ways to “reinvigorate the show” in future years to produce “an event worthy of the shows presented over the last 16 years.”
Hundreds of volunteers donate their time and talents to make the annual event happen. Proceeds resulted in more than $1.3 million in donations to local groups.
“Our mission to produce an annual fundraising event that honors our military, provides a forum for military and civilian flight demonstrations and creates an environment for military recruitment was accomplished time and time again,” Duncan said.
Duncan thanked sponsors, businesses and fans for helping make the event a success.