Blue Angels back in the skies over Duluth for weekend airshow

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Haven't thought about sequestration in a while, have you?

The bureaucratic parlance for last summer's federal spending cuts is not normally in our vocabularies. But when it reared its head last year it deleted the Navy's Blue Angels from the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo.

Now that their budget's restored, WCCO reports the Angels are back in skies over the Twin Ports preparing for this weekend's air show.

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WCCO says the Angels get invited to 500 air shows per year but only say yes to 40 of them. One measure of their popularity is the effect their absence had on air shows shows last year. An organizer of the Duluth show tells the station crowds were down 30 to 40 percent around the country last year.

While the Blue Angels are the headliners, they have plenty of company in the lineup for Duluth's show Saturday and Sunday.

Northland's News Center notes the show will bring Minnesota its first glimpse of the F-22 Raptor, which is the Air Force's most advanced fighter jet.

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