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Federal budget cuts ground Air Force, Navy aircraft

Rest of season off for Blue Angels

PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. — The Air Force plans to ground about a third of its active-duty force of combat planes and the Navy canceled the rest of the ­popular Blue Angels’ aerobatic team’s season because of ­automatic federal budget cuts.

The Air Force didn’t immediately release a list of the ­specific units and bases that would be affected on Tuesday, but it said it would cover ­fighters, bombers, and ­airborne warning and control aircraft in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific.

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