Federal budget cuts force cancellation of Offutt air show

Apr 3, 2013

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The annual air show at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha has been canceled because of federal budget cuts.

A written release from the base issued Wednesday says the 2013 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show, scheduled for Aug. 24-25, has been canceled. The show has been held since 1972.

No dates for future Defenders of Freedom shows have been set.

More than a dozen air shows across the country this year have been canceled or had military acts cut from the program because of the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1.

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