Alliance Air Show Adds Black Diamond Jet Team

By Jeff Smith
|  Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013  |  Updated 12:30 PM CDT
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The Alliance air show will go on in October without the Blue Angels. The Black Diamond Jet Team, featuring World War II planes, will take to the skies to entertain the masses.

Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News

The Alliance air show will go on in October without the Blue Angels. The Black Diamond Jet Team, featuring World War II planes, will take to the skies to entertain the masses.

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Organizers of the Alliance Air Show announced the addition of the Black Diamond Jet team as the featured performer for the 2013 edition of the show.

Tom Harris, President of Alliance Air Productions, also announced that despite "tough financial realities," the show will go on.

This comes after federal budget cuts grounded the Blue Angels and other military planes typically used in air shows.

The Blue Angels flight team was scheduled to be the featured performers at the Alliance show before the cuts.

The Black Diamond Jet team is a civilian air group described by organizers as the "most exciting civilian air show entertainers in the world."

Each year the Air Show draws thousands of visitors and brings an estimated $5 million to the local economy every year, according to event organizers. Organizers said they also donate tens of thousands of dollars every year to local charities.

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