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Thunderbirds soar into Offutt Air Show

Thousands show up for weekend air show
Posted at 10:11 AM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 11:11:40-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) -- The Defenders of Freedom Air Show came flying into Offutt Air Force Base this weekend.

Megan Bunn and her 2-year-old son Quatin attended the air show.

"He loves airplanes,” Bunn said, “I figured it was a good time to get him interested."

Families from all over the metro gazed in wonder at the high flying performances, the show contained over four hours of air acts. After being canceled last year due to construction on the base, the show was in full swing on Saturday.

"For me, it's being able to get up close and watch the planes," Bunn said.

Back for the first time in six years at the air show, the Thunderbirds soared through the skies for hundreds of fans.

"It's really great to have them back," said John Nagey, the ground director for the Defenders of Freedom, “they are a rave in the air show industry.”

An event where kids could barely contain their excitement, the adults working the air show, couldn't either.

"It's just awesome to see people come out and experience what we do for the nation," Nagey said.