The air show at Naval Base Ventura County, which had been expected to draw upward of 200,000 people with the Blue Angels headlining, is being canceled because of the automatic budget cuts called sequestration.
"The community here in Ventura County is very supportive and we appreciate their understanding while we navigate the fiscal constraints we've faced this year," Capt. Larry Vasquez, the base commander, said Wednesday in announcing the cancellation.
The announcement came a day after the Blue Angels announced that the famed squadron was canceling all of its remaining shows this year, including the Ventura County show, the three-day air show at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, and San Francisco Fleet Week.
The Miramar show, billed as the largest in the nation, remains scheduled, officials said, even without the Blue Angels.
Under sequestration, the Pentagon has taken an approximately 7% cut in its $500-billion-plus budget. The Air Force's aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, which has performed at the Ventura County show, has also canceled its performances.