Blue Angels Back: Budgetary Boon

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United States Naval Academy graduates stand and cheer for the Blue Angels during their graduation ceremony.

So much for that sequestration.

The Blue Angels, whose breathtaking public performances of aircraft synchronization may have been pre-empted by mandatory budget cuts in defense spending in recent months,  have been keeping their skills honed. And they have shaken their budgetary blues.

The Bush family, for one, was glad to have the escort for the jets providing air cover this week for the aircraft carrier named for the 41 president, a Naval aviator.

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, aka Blue Angels, flew a Delta Formation over the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday.  The Navy photo was taken by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren.

In the budget deal ready for House approval today and then Senate confirmation next week, the automatic cuts in discretionary spending — including defense spending — demanded by sequestration have been eased somewhat. The famed Navy squadron had announced last spring that the rest of its season would be canceled due to budget cuts.

Now, the Blue Angels are training for 68 performances at 35 locations next year, and another 64 performances in 2015.

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