The 2013 Indianapolis Air Show, scheduled for June 15-16 at Indianapolis
Regional Airport near Mt. Comfort, has been cancelled due to the wide-ranging impact of
The decision to cancel was made by the show’s executive committee this week following thorough deliberation of numerous factors affected by sequestration.
The US Navy Blue Angels had been scheduled to appear as the show’s jet team headliner. Under sequestration, US military jet teams are grounded until further notice, and additional military support for air shows is suspended as well.
“Due to budget uncertainties resulting from the threat of sequestration and its impact on military participation at our show, all of which are beyond our control, we have been forced to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2013 Indianapolis Air Show,” said Robert Duncan, chairman of the show’s executive committee.
Duncan noted that several other air shows throughout the nation also have cancelled their events for this year, citing sequestration as the reason.
Looking to the future, Duncan said, “Although the 2013 Indianapolis Air Show will not take place, we will continue to look at ways to reinvigorate the show in order to produce in a future year an event worthy of the shows presented over the last 16 years.
“We have been very proud to provide 16 years of wholesome, family entertainment while at the same time educating our attendees about aviation,” he continued. “Our mission to produce an annual fundraising event that honors our military, provides a forum for military and civilian flight demonstrations, and creates an environment for military recruitment was accomplished time and time again.”
The Indianapolis Air Show is produced by hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life, donating time and talents to build a successful and highly anticipated annual event. Proceeds from the fundraiser resulted in more than $1.3 million being donated to local philanthropic organizations such as the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
“Many generous sponsors and local businesses also contributed to helping us achieve the success we’ve enjoyed over the years,” Duncan added. “And, of course, our fans always have been tremendously supportive.”