PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of fans are worried they will no longer be able to watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels elite flight demonstration team because of federal budget cuts.
Nearly 8,000 fans packed a morning practice session Wednesday.
Federal budget cuts could end the team's 2013 season before it really starts. The team flew at an air show in Key West earlier this month, but most of the shows scheduled through mid-June have been canceled because of uncertainty about the team's finances.
The team hasn't scheduled any more of its popular weekday practice sessions beyond March. Thousands of fans usually gather outside the National Museum of Naval Aviation each Tuesday, Wednesday and sometimes Thursday mornings from March to October to watch the team perform routine maneuvers.