Fate of Quonset Air Show Decided by Friday

Apr 10, 2013

The Rhode Island Air National Guard says it will know by Friday whether or not to hold the Quonset Air Show this year.  The show is threatened by the impact of federal sequestration cuts.

The Quonset Air Show is one of the most popular events in Rhode Island, attracting some 100,000 people to North Kingstown every June. But this year’s show, scheduled for June 29th and 30th may be cancelled. Rhode Island Air National Guard spokesman Christopher Peloso says all seven military acts have cancelled due to federal sequestration cuts, leaving just seven civilian flying acts.

“There is some pretty clear guidance from the Department of Defense on what an air show should be,” said Peloso. “And one of those specifics is that we need to have military aerial demonstration and right now we don’t. So per the DOD instruction we may be operating outside of our lane here.”

Peloso says the chances of the show going on are 50-50. A final decision is expected Friday and would be unlikely to change even if Congress resolves its budget issues.  

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