Should funding for the Blue Angels be cut?
SEATTLE – The Blue Angels will be flying high again this weekend for Seafair, but looming budget cuts to the Pentagon could ground the U.S. Navy precision flying team.
But now, even at 700 mph, even the Blue Angels may not be able to outrun the budget crisis. The Pentagon faces $350 Billion in budget cuts and officials say nothing is off the table.
But as the seattlepi.com reported today, the Angels' $30 Million annual budget, is just a drop in the Pentagon's $350 Billion cut bucket.
The team travels the country from March through November not only to entertain crowds, but as a recruiting tool.
“I don't think you can put a price on how important we are to the future of the Navy and Marine Corps from a recruiting aspect and a public relations aspect,” said Capt. Greg McWherter, a Blue Angels pilot. “We will basically march out to the orders we are given. I certainly hope they consider the Blue Angels as valuable as we consider ourselves.”
Military experts are divided as to whether the government would actually eliminate the Blue Angels altogether.