The government shut down over House Republican opposition to Obamacare implementation has led to the cancelation of the Miramar Air Show. The Miramar Air Show is held annually at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The event has drawn crowds up to 700,000 people and is billed as the largest air show in the country.
U-T San Diego has reported that the air show was already suffering from financial problems due to sequestration budget cuts. No actual military air craft would have performed. Instead the schedule included civilian aerial highlights such as the Patriots Jet Team, Shockwave Jet Truck, Dusty the Disney Plane and more. There were also concerts scheduled featuring the American Hitmen, Royal Bliss, and Sawyer Brown. Other attractions included Metal Mulisha, Ford Ride & Drive and Ferrari & Lamborghini Ride & Drive.
Once news of the cacellation hit social media many people posted comments filled with frustration. Some had already registered to run a 5K that was to occur Saturday. Tickets had already been sold and vendors had already bought perishable goods when the show was cancelled yesterday. An official statement was released by Col. John P Farnam who is Commanding Officer for MCAS Miramar.
"Unfortunately, today we were informed that the 2013 Miramar Air Show has been canceled due to the government shutdown.
For the past few months, we have been planning to host the show within the restrictions of sequestration guidance from the Department of Defense and now the government shutdown. At each step we worked hard to ensure we were within those guidelines while still providing the San Diego community an opportunity to interact with our Marines and Sailors.
This morning we received guidance from the Deputy Secretary of Defense that mandates non-exempted activities including outreach events are not authorized under the current shutdown guidelines.
We want to thank the San Diego community for their tremendous support over the past few months. When conditions change we look forward to hosting our neighbors and friends again in Miramar.."
The air show might be best known for the Navy Blue Angel flight shows. In 2004 a civilan stunt pilot died in a crash at the outset of the show. There is no word on any plans to move the air show to a later date this year.
While the air show cancellation might not make national headlines news the impact will be felt locally by vendors, ticket buyers, and local businesses in San Diego.