VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Flying inverted above the Chesapeake Bay, WAVY's Art Kohn got a breath taking view of the GEICO Skytypers who will be one of the featured acts at this weekend's Patriotic Festival Air Show.
Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt with the Air National Guard's Aerobatic Team and Kohn gave chase in a single engine, high performance MXS all carbon fiber aircraft.
But keeping the nations air shows aloft has been a little more challenging since sequestration grounded the headliners like the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds.
"Sequestration has really had a negative impact on the air show industry as a whole," said Klatt. "There's been millions of dollars in lost revenues and jobs."
When the Blue Angels were grounded in April, Oceana Naval Air Station announced that it was canceling its annual air show. Across the country, the budget cuts have impacted a little more than two-thirds of the air shows held each year in the United States.
The Air National Guard is helping to fill the void and keep air shows like the one at this weekends' festival in Virginia Beach, and for Klatt, it's about more than money or jobs.
"You know, it's part of our DNA," Klatt said. "It's part of how we're built -- airplanes, the Wright Brothers, what we do -- you know, it's how we live."
The air show starts at the beach on Friday with performances everyday through Sunday.
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