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No Thunderbirds, no air show

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Organizers have canceled this year's Thunder Over the Blue Ridge air show because the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds won't be participating.

The Air Force canceled the Thunderbirds' air show appearances after April 1 in response to automatic federal spending cuts.

Thunder Over the Blue Ridge had been set for May 11-12 at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg.

Media outlets report that the president of the air show's board, Nic Diehl, announced the show's cancellation on Monday.

The West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing had earlier announced it no longer could host the show because of budget constraints.

 


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