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Navy's Blue Angels Will Not Fly in 2014 O.C. Air Show

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Daredevil pilots dip, twist and barrel roll in front of thousands of spectators in Ocean City each year. But a big performer was missing this year. Federal budget cuts kept the Navy's Blue Angels from flying, until now.

"The federal government is allowing the military teams to fly," said Melanie Pursel, executive director of the Ocean City's Chamber of Commerce. She believes that's good news. But the bad news is Ocean City is not on the schedule.

"A lot of hotels book packages around the air show, especially when the military is here," said Pursel. "It brings a tremendous influx of people to our beach."

Hotel owner Nick Tekmen is nervous. The air show was not able to attract the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds at the last air show, leaving his business at a loss. 

"We've lost about 15 percent of sales during that event weekend," said Tekmen.

That was relatively a tough financial hit for his business, according to Tekmen. 

"You can never go back and recoup that loss," he said. "You can not. So once you lost those sales, you can never get them back."

Despite losing the Blue Angels, O.C. Air Show organizers remain optimistic.

"But that doesn't mean there's not going to be a great lineup for the 2014 Ocean City Air Show," said Cathy Bassett, the O.C. Air Show spokesperson. "We're keeping our fingers cross that the federal budget doesn't keep it from happening again."

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