Navy Blue Angels to resume performances next year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Navy's daredevil fighter jet pilots, the Blue Angels, are set to return to the skies above air shows nationwide in 2014.

After the Navy announced that the popular flight demonstration team will have a full schedule for the 2014 season, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Jacksonville -- the birthplace of the Blue Angels -- announced the base would host the team on Oct. 25-26, 2014.

Capt. Roy Undersander also praised City of Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Beaches' mayors for agreeing to switch the 2014 air show venue as a result of the 2013 cancellation.

The Blue Angels suspended its 2013 performance schedule this spring after forced federal spending cuts. That led to the cancellation of this year's air show in Jacksonville and many other shows across the U.S.

Adm. John Kirby announced on Monday that the Blue Angels and other Navy outreach groups -- including the Leap Frogs parachute team and the Navy band -- would return next year.

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