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Dozens of the nation’s air shows cancel their events

MILWAUKEE — Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been canceled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts.

For years, the biggest draws at air shows have been the military’s two elite jet teams, the US Navy’s Blue Angels and the US Air Force’s Thunderbirds, and their stunts. The armed services also have provided F-16, F-18, and F-22 fighter jets and the US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights.

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