Blue Angels to return to Seafair air shows in 2014, 2015


SEATTLE - The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which were unable to appear at this year’s Seafair weekend, will be back for the annual August air shows in 2014 and 2015.

 The squadron canceled appearances across the country this year because of government budget cuts.

 The cancellation of the Blue Angels' entire 35-city schedule saved the Navy $4 billion from its budget.

 Their last performance for the year was in Key West on March 27.

 The precision team of fighter jets is a key and beloved part of Seattle's Seafair festival and has flown at the festival’s air show for more than 40 years.

 The same budget cuts that grounded the Blue Angels forced the Navy to cancel its role in the Parade of Ships during Seafair’s Fleet Week this year.