The Department of Defense will not be allowing military flight demonstrations at this year's Miramar Air Show which has been held for decades and annual draws more than a half-million specators.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar officials said the DOD's decision was "based on department-wide budget cuts as a result of sequestration."

"The DoD decision is disappointing because of the air show's long-standing tradition in the San Diego community. We always enjoy hosting our neighbors and highlighting our Marines and Sailors, showcasing the amazing things they do every day. But I also understand current budget restraints and the importance of being fiscally responsible. Air show or not, I want to thank the San Diego community for always supporting us and making us feel at home," said Col. John P. Farnam, MCAS Miramar commanding officer.

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