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Thousands flock to Blue Angels practice session

Mar. 27, 2013 - 03:54PM   |  
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PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. — Nearly 8,000 fans packed a morning practice session of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Many said Wednesday they are worried it could be the last time for a while they will get to watch the elite flight demonstration team.

Federal budget cuts could end the team’s 2013 season before it really starts. The team flew at an air show in Key West earlier this month, but most of the shows scheduled through mid-June have been cancelled because of uncertainty about the team’s finances.

The team hasn’t scheduled any more of its popular weekday practice sessions beyond March. Thousands of fans usually gather outside the National Museum of Naval Aviation each Tuesday, Wednesday and sometimes Thursday mornings during the March through October season to watch the team perform routine maneuvers.

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