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Cleveland Air Show grounded
Sequestration cuts force cancellation of 2013 show

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Jeff St. Clair
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The skies above Cleveland will be silent this coming Labor Day when for the first time since it began in 1964, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports the Cleveland Air Show has been cancelled.

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The Cleveland Air Show held at Burke Lakefront Airport is one of the oldest airshows in the country, but the 49th show has become a victim of the sequestration in Washington. Military cutbacks have sidelined the show’s main attractions, according to marketing director Kim Dell.

“In the last few days we have received cancellation of the US Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration, the  US Navy F-18 Superhornet demo, the US Army Golden Knights parachute team, along with all scheduled military display aircraft.”

The Air Force is required by the sequestration to reduce flying hours by 18 percent, some of that is met by cancelling air shows across the country.

Dell says the Cleveland Air Show would have added $7.1 million in economic impact with up to 100,000 spectators, vendors, and exhibitors visiting downtown Cleveland Labor Day weekend.

Organizers of the Air Show say the event will return in 2014, barring any surprises next year in Washington.

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