That rumbling over the sky each October won't be heard this year as the Blue Angels will not fly Fleet Week 2013. Budget cuts, it seems, is the issue here. The air acrobats will continue to train "to maintain flying proficiency" until further notice at their Pensacola, Florida headquarters.
"Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only
be supported with local assets at no cost to the government," the U.S. Navy said in a press release. "This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them."
Despite budget cuts, the Navy plans to continue performing dazzling ariel tricks in the future, provided the money situation improves.
The Blue Angels, if you recall, prompted some controversy in the San Francisco, especially with left-leaning politicos. Former Supervisor Chris Daly (working with Code Pink, Global Exchange, and Veterans for Peace) once proposed a non-binding resolution to ban the flight team in 2007.
Also, back in 2009, SFist interviewed Blue Angels pilot Lt. Mark Swinger. When asked whether or not the Blue Angel pilots get respect within the Navy, Swinger replied, "When I was on the other side, I always made fun of the Blue Angels because of these tight blue flight suits. We’re just air show guys."