ICAS Pushes for Return of Blue Angels & Thunderbirds in 2014

  • Aug 31, 2013 6:08pm GMT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows, recently met with key Navy and Air Force leadership to discuss the return of the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds, as well as other military support, to airshows for the 2014 season.

"We're definitely talking to the right people and they understand the damage that has already been done and will be done to the industry, but the political stalemate has frustrated any effort to find a solution," said Cudahy. "Right now, we're working to make it as clear as possible that the late fall or early winter decision is almost as bad as no decision at all because shows are nearing their deadline for beginning show planning, approaching sponsors and making concrete decisions about their 2014 events."

While budget woes have certainly affected the United States and the global economy, it should be noted that 38 nations across the globe did not cancel their military squadron performances this year. Only one nation cancelled their performances, and that honor goes to the United States.

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