Cherry Point cancels 2014 air show

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The Blue Angels fly over the crowd at the 2012 Cherry Point Air Show. Base officials have announced that the air show scheduled for 2014 will be canceled.

Havelock News file photo
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

The Cherry Point Air Show will not get off the ground next year, according to the air station’s commander.

Col. Chris Pappas III, commanding officer at Cherry Point, announced late Friday the cancellation of the biennial event, citing reductions in the base budget.

“Our top priority continues to be supporting the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing to train to go anywhere, at any time, to fight and to win,” Pappas said in a statement. “We’re prioritizing spending to ensure this priority is met.”

The event, which has also served an open house at the base for decades, typically features high-flying civilian and military aircraft, static displays of aircraft, and often the Navy Blue Angels jet demonstration team. It had been scheduled for the spring of 2014.

Cherry Point’s last air show in 2012 drew 165,000 people for the free three-day event held at the nation’s largest Marine air base.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said he wasn’t surprised to hear the news and blamed Washington legislators for not funding the military.

“My response is that we have a Congress that will not adequately fund the military,” he said. “The military has a job to do, and unfortunately, putting on shows for us civilians is not a priority, and I have to agree with them.

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