January 16

Organizers cancel Portsmouth air show this year

The Service Credit Union-Boston Portsmouth Air Show was to be held at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Organizers of a summer air show in Portsmouth, N.H., say the show is off for this year because organizers experienced difficulty getting a major jet demonstration team to headline it.

The Service Credit Union-Boston Portsmouth Air Show was to be held at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that in June 2012 about 65,000 attended the two-day event featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Last year, U.S. military officials announced all remaining air shows in 2013 involving military demonstration teams had been canceled because of automatic federal budget. That affected the Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Army’s parachute team.

Ron Snow, air show associate director, said the demonstration teams are essentially spending this year catching up on shows missed in 2013.

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