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Miramar Air Show Cancelled Due To Government Shutdown (Video)


MCAS Press Conference On Miramar Air Show Cancellation

The Miramar Air Show has been cancelled because of the government shutdown, according to a base news release:

"The shutdown of the U.S. government has necessitated this decision by the United States Marine Corps and we apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation has on our sponsors and the local San Diego Community.

Guidance from the Deputy Secretary of Defense mandates that non-excepted activities, including outreach events, are not authorized under the current shutdown guidelines. We want to thank everyone involved in the air show for their hard work, dedication and patience during such a period of fiscal duress and we look forward to this annual event to take place next year."

The first word of the cancellation came via Twitter, with MCAS Miramar, 3rd Air Craft Wing sending out a Tweet early Thursday morning saying:

"We are disappointed to announce that the air show has been canceled. We will release more information shortly via a release and press conf."


As recently as Wednesday evening, MCAS Miramar had posted on its Facebook page:

Ladies and gentlemen, the #1AirShow is still on! However, some facilities will be affected due to the government shutdown. In addition to the facilities listed in the picture, the Commissary and the Distribution Management Office will be closed and will resume business after the shutdown.

The show was scheduled for October 4 and 5.

The first major hiccup in this year's event took place in early July, when the Pentagon turned down MCAS Miramar's request to use military planes in the show. The reason? Budget cuts due to sequestration.

But air show organizers came up with creative ways to make sure the show would go on. On July 22, MCAS Miramar commanding officer Col. John Farnam announced the Miramar Air Show would still take place, but in an abbreviated form, featuring static displays of aircraft, and an opportunity for the public to meet with Marines and Sailors to discuss their work.

I've posted video of the press conference held today at MCAS Miramar about the cancellation. Video courtesy of KUSI-TV.

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Avatar for user 'DonWood'

DonWood | October 3, 2013 at 3:18 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Good example of local "news reporters" acting as political advocates.

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muckapoo1 | October 3, 2013 at 4:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

The leadership in Washington could mess up a two car funeral. There is no reason to shut this thing down other than spite. Screw the government.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 3, 2013 at 4:49 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Ugh, muckapoo, the shutdown is cutting off things like cancer research and EPA initiatives that look into potential dangers in our air and water.

If THIS is your biggest concern, well I'm a bit perplexed.

This is simply fluff, as was the story a couple days ago about military overseas not having access to NFL games.

Perhaps KPBS can just have a link to all the things military related that are impacted by the Tea Party shut-down.

I think I've seen one article on local impacts to research and countless articles about the military.

San Diego is not just a military town, it's also an international biotech hub.

You wouldn't notice this from KPBS's recent over zealous reporting of military fluff articles.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 3, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

San Diego is not just a military town, it's also an international biotech hub.


Well said Duck. People sometimes forget that there is SO MUCH MORE to San Diego than the military.

But just to show how selective this shutdown is, the Navy-Air Force football game is back on. Football trumps all! Guess the air show is not as popular as people think. Perhaps the organizers should cancel it permanently and spend their time, money, and effort on something more constructive to our society. Like football.

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jb1111 | October 3, 2013 at 7:25 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Just Bull Headed Obama and his lap dog, Chuckie Hagel, trying to punish the public as usual!!


Your approval ratings are down, Obama.

The approval numbers for ACA are awful, Obama.

And stop negotiating with our ENEMIES, Obama.

Boy, are the history books going to have fun with you!!

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muckapoo1 | October 3, 2013 at 8:05 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Duck, this is nothing more than a Washington soap opera. The air show supports itself. Washington is just making thing seem bad to gain support. If we can send billions to Slum-Mexico for Boy Scouts against drugs, we can have an air show. I don't enjoy air shows and have no dog in the fight. I will be in LA helping a friend. So there. LOL

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 3, 2013 at 10:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Jb1111: "And stop negotiating with our ENEMIES, Obama".

I assume this little gem is about Iran?

Anyone who wants us to enter another war in the Middle East/South Asia region is an idiot.

Former enemies current allies, current allies former enemies, it's par for the course in thus region.

Look at all those who orchestrated the war against Saddam Hussein, they were all shaking hands with the dictator and supplying his weapons years before.

Sometimes peace means compromise, negotiation, and humility, so etching the rabid hawks fail to grasp.

I applaud our President for being open to a diplomatic solution to Iran.

One that doesn't involve American blood and trillions of American dollars.

Shame on you for suggesting otherwise.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 4, 2013 at 10:39 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago


People who say "enemies" lack the courage to identify them. Say who you mean, not just some ethereal bogeyman.


Sorry, but nobody thinks Obama is diplomatic. Obama doesn't think Obama is diplomatic. It's his way or the highway, just like Bush.

Just look at the Syria debacle. Obama was foaming at the mouth to attack and disregarded the UN, our allies, and Congress (just like Bush). Thankfully Russia pulled off a brilliant diplomatic move that defused tension and left Obama cornered, alone, and looking like the warmonger he truly is.

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Gatornavy | October 11, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Air shows are "cool". I have enjoyed a few. They also cost a LOT of federal taxpayer $$$ for the sake of some entertainment. Military air shows do NOT = "cheap" thrills. This is a prime example of something that DOD should cancel PERMANENTLY or at least until such a time as our economy is back in black (if that is even remotely possible).

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JeanMarc | October 11, 2013 at 11:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Gatornavy, did you know the Miramar airshow has/had an annual net profit of 1.5 million dollars? You are speaking out if ignorance. The airshow is a major cash generator for the Marines.

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Gatornavy | October 11, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

I did NOT know that. Where does the 1.5 million go? When you say "cash generator for the Marines", exactly which PART of the Marines? I will admit my ignorance here. I always thought any profit from such events went to whichever contractor running MWR "stuff" on whichever base such events were sponsored by. In this case, I was under the impression that any proceeds from said air show went back into MCCS coffers. Have I always been wrong about this?

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Gatornavy | October 13, 2013 at 12:07 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

I guess he doesn't want to talk about this anymore since I asked a pointy question. Just goes to show how ignorant I am concerning military spending. Typical ignorant 26 year military veteran. That's me alright.

My POINT was:

Revenue generated by air shows (and such) directly benefits ME. Any on-base profit STAYS on base and gets cycled back into MWR/Retail venues enjoyed by those of us in uniform, our dependents and retirees. Air show money is good for us and the in-town businesses that benefit from a spike in patronage caused by increased tourist traffic.

Revenue expended (which exceeds profit generated), comes directly from OUR tax dollars. Some tax paying citizens might have heart burn with their tax dollars supporting these types of events which are designed to recruit our youth and entertain the masses.

Any profits generated from ticket sales and retail (popcorn and sodas) goes to the company (MCCS, AAFES, NEX) NOT to pay for the flight hours, fuel, parts, labor, medical, security and all the other stuff required to make an air show run safely and smoothly.

But don't listen to me. I'm ignorant.

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