No Blue Angels this year at the Oregon International Airshow

No Blue Angels this year at the Oregon International Airshow
KATU file photo.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Navy's elite stunt pilots, the Blue Angels, will not appear at the Oregon International Airshow in Hillsboro this summer.

The Navy announced Tuesday that the entire Blue Angels season is canceled.

The Department of Defense warned these kinds of cuts would happen in the wake of the sequester, the automatic federal budget cuts that took effect earlier this year.

"The Blue Angels, like us, held out hope that things would be resolved and that they would be funded and that they would be able to fly again," said airshow spokesman Steve Callaway. Ultimately that didn't happen.

Callaway said the Blue Angels team can't stay at peak performance given the fact they can't do full training missions during the sequester.

Organizers for the Oregon International Airshow have hired the Patriots Jet Team to appear instead.

"We are disappointed, as are all air show folks, that the Blue Angels have had to cancel their season but we're very, very fortunate to have the Patriots come right in and take over that headlining spot," Callaway said.

The Patriots Jet Team last performed in Hillsboro two years ago.
The show is scheduled for July 26, 27 and 28.