MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Air Show scheduled for late June has been postponed thanks to federal budget cuts that have grounded the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds were scheduled to perform in the Myrtle Beach Air Show as part on the city's 75th anniversary celebration.
As of March 1, the budget cuts mandated by sequestration has forced the squad to cancel all of their scheduled performances between April and November. In total, there were 60 demonstrations in 38 locations.
"Our decision to postpone this year's show to say the least is disappointing, but it appears this is one of many shows across the country that has been canceled due to the sequestration. Air Boss Inc. prides itself in first class air show productions and without a headliner, we chose to concentrate our efforts to a 2014 air show for the Myrtle Beach destination," said George Cline, president and owner of Air Boss Inc.
The Myrtle Beach Air Show was a community partnership between Air Boss Inc., the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County Government.
"The decision to cancel this year's air show was a difficult one to make, but as I always say 'go big or go home'. We wanted to produce the biggest and best air show for the Myrtle Beach area and not having a headliner like the Thunderbirds limits our ability to do so," said City of Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes. "It is an absolute shame that Congress and the White House couldn't reach a compromise to this budget crisis."
Pending further details, the city hopes to make an announcement concerning an air show in 2014.