One day before it was supposed to start, the annual Miramar Air Show became a casualty of the government’s partial shutdown today, Oct. 3, with the military announcing its cancellation.
”The timing couldn’t be worse but it is what it is,’’ Col. John P. Farnam, commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, said at a news conference.
He said people who bought special access passes and all event sponsors would be reimbursed.
Farnam learned of the cancellation from the Defense Department early today. He said that the event was already paid for and organizers thought it could proceed, but guidelines pertaining to the government shutdown forbid it.
“Personally I’m disappointed ... from the bottom of my heart,” Farnam said. “I apologize to San Diego for having to stand here and make this statement.
The 58th annual aerial extravaganza was scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Even before the cancellation, the show was scaled back from its usual three days to two after the Defense Department announced that military flight demonstrations would not be allowed due to the automatic federal cuts known as sequestration. That included the Navy’s popular Blue Angels. Sequestration affected air shows around the country.
Thursday, Oct. 3—The annual Miramar Air Show was canceled today on the eve of its start date.
“We are disappointed to announce that the air show has been canceled,” the MCAS Miramar, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Tweeted around 6:30 a.m.
It was not immediately clear whether the cancellation was due to the federal government shutdown. Officials said more information would be released later this morning.
The 58th annual aerial extravaganza was scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
The show was scaled back from its usual three days to two after the Defense Department announced earlier this year that military flight demonstrations would not be allowed. That included the Navy’s popular Blue Angels. The event was scaled back due to automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, which affected air shows around the country.
—City News Service