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In this Saturday, July 21, 2012 file photo, members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Air Expo 2012 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. Deep budget cuts in Washington mean military flight teams are expected to be no-shows at air shows across the U.S. starting this spring, leaving dozens of host cities bracing for thinner crowds and lost tourism dollars. When $85 billion in automatic cuts kicked in March 1, the Air Force canceled its air shows at bases from Florida to Arizona. It also grounded its team of formation-flying pilots, the Thunderbirds. The Army's Golden Knights parachute team has also canceled performances. The Navy's famous Blue Angels say military commanders intend to cancel their April shows. AP Photo

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