Cuts mean no military presence at Ohio air show

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Federal budget cuts mean there will be no military presence at the popular Dayton Air Show for the first time in the event's nearly four-decade history.

Military cuts already caused the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to pull out of the show. Now the air show says there will be no other military fighter demonstrations or displays at all.

The Dayton Daily News reports there won't even be any of the typical personnel support from nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the June 22-23 event.

Air Show General Manager Brenda Kerfoot called it "unprecedented."

Show organizers are expecting a 30-percent attendance decline from the typical 70,000 spectators that turn out when the Thunderbirds or the Navy's Blue Angels appear.

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