Federal budget cuts have grounded the Myrtle Beach Air Show's main attraction, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, according to air show officials.
As a result, the air show, scheduled for June 28-30 has been postponed.
The Thunderbirds announced the cancellation of their performances after April 1 due to federal budget cuts mandated by the sequestration, according to Amie Lee, the president of Palmetto Event Productions, Inc.
"Our decision to postpone this year's show to say the least is disappointing, but it appears this is one of many shows across the country that has been cancelled due to the sequestration. Air Boss Inc. prides itself in first class air show productions and without a headliner, we chose to concentrate our efforts to a 2014 airshow for the Myrtle Beach destination," said George Cline, president and owner of Air Boss Inc.
Air Boss Inc. was organizing the air show as a partnership with the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County.
It was part of Myrtle Beach's 75th anniversary celebration.
"The decision to cancel this year's air show was a difficult one to make, but as I always say 'go big or go home'. We wanted to produce the biggest and best air show for the Myrtle Beach area and not having a headliner like the Thunderbirds limits our ability to do so," said City of Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes. "It is an absolute shame that Congress and the White House couldn't reach a compromise to this budget crisis."
Councilman Brent Schulz, who represents District 2 on Horry County Council, worked hard during initial discussions to bring an air show back to Myrtle Beach since its last one in 2006.
"Along with the other city and county officials, I'm saddened we won't be producing an air show this summer, but am committed to bringing an air show back to the destination. I want to thank Air Boss Inc. and its partners for their hard work and preparation for what would have been an air show to be proud of," said Schulz.
An announcement on a 2014 show will be made as soon as details are determined.