HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY - MCAS Cherry Point officials announce Tuesday that because of the initial cancellation of this year's air show, the Blue Angels U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team will not perform. The 2014 air show has since been reinstated.
It will take place May 16-18 aboard MCAS Cherry Point. The show was originally canceled in early December when budget uncertainty and sequestration made the air show unfeasible. The decision to reinstate the show was made after concerns for this year's budget were addressed with the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.
However, the Blue Angels U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team had already rescheduled another show after Cherry Point canceled in December.
Cherry Point officials say they are still expecting an exciting show featuring a number of new performers. More information will be published on the Cherry Point Air Show website as it becomes available.
The MCAS Cherry Point Air Show planning committee is hosting a theme competition, seeking recommendations from the general public. The individual whose theme is selected by the commanding officer of MCAS Cherry Point will receive an assortment of air show related prizes, including a ride in one of the featured aircraft. Submissions are limited to one per person, no more than six words and no art work is required. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14. All theme ideas must be submitted using the online form located at the air show's website.
The winning theme for the 2012 air show was "Celebrate the Heritage."