Pensacola Beach Air Show Draws Smaller Crowds

Pensacola Beach Air Show Draws Smaller Crowds

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PENSACOLA BEACH -

24 civilian pilots are carrying the weight of the 2013 Pensacola Beach Air Show since the Blue Angels are grounded.

The civilian pilots did a fantastic job at their Friday show- but it was obvious something was missing.

Crowds at the beach were much smaller- the air show did not have the same excitement and patriotic feel because of the Blues absence.

Spectators we talked to enjoyed the show, but were disappointed not to be able to watch the Navy's elite flight demonstration team in action.

Beach businesses are also disappointed- the air show is a huge money-maker for local bars, restaurants and gift shops.

The Blue Angels were forced to cancel their 2013 air shows because of sequestration- automatic federal spending cuts.

Local tourism officials were applauded for keeping the air show at the beach, despite the grounding of the Blues.

Day two of the air show starts at 1pm Saturday.   

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