DUBUQUE, Iowa — An annual summer air show in Dubuque won't include military elements this year because of automatic federal spending cuts, according to an organizer of the event.
Perry Mason, an official with one of the show sponsors, said the Army's Golden Knights parachute team and military aircraft have been canceled for this year's Fireworks and Airshow Spectacular on July 3.
The military has made similar moves at other air shows due to $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1. Last week, the Navy said its Blue Angels squadron would not participated in shows this year.
Mason said the military flights have been an element of the show since 1996. He said private aircraft would perform as planned, and organizers are trying to line up a civilian parachute team.
The military also won't participate in the annual Quad City Air Show in June.
“We will go on as scheduled and we always were, military or not,” said Ken Hopper, the event co-organizer. — AP
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