Organizers of the Indianapolis Air Show have grounded all future planned events. In an announcement on its website, the show's executive committee says there will be no event next year and it is “impracticable to produce future Air Shows.” The 2013 event, like others throughout the country, was canceled after sequestration cuts took effect. During an interview shortly after this past summer's cancellation, Chairman Bob Duncan told Inside INdiana Business leaders were hoping to “reinvent” the celebration. They considered moving forward without military support.
Similar shows in Kokomo and Evansville went on in 2013, but the Evansville Freedom Fest took off without its usual U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” performance.
South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Chief Executive Officer Speros Batistatos said in April the reductions in Washington D.C. cost his region its event and estimated the area lost $8 million.
Sources: The Indianapolis Air Show, Inside INdiana Business
Message Posted to The Official Webpage of The Indianapolis Air Show
“The Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Air Show has decided not to produce an event in 2014 and thereafter. We appreciate the support the Air Show has received over the past 16 years however current circumstances indicate that it is impracticable to produce future Air Shows.”
Source: The Official Webpage of The Indianapolis Air Show