The quiet wait, then a loud roar. It takes your breath away.
It still takes West Point native Major Nick Krajicek's breath away too. This is his first year flying with the Thunderbirds.
"To be a part of this team 132 people that demonstrate the pride, precision, and professionalism of the united states air force representing nearly 680,000 airmen you know in the total force is just amazing," Krajicek said.
Created in 1953, the US Air Force Thunderbirds are the 3rd oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. Made up of a dozen pilots and more than a hundred support staff, they soared into Bellevue this afternoon from Cheyenne, Wyoming. The pilots surveyed the site, preparing for this weekend's Defenders of Freedom Air Show at Offutt Air Force base.
"It's been two years since we had a show so we're glad to have it back this year and are expecting a large crowd to come it," said Captain Hunter Horst, Air Show Director.
This is the first time the Thunderbirds have been back to Offutt's air show since 2010. It's also the first time Krajicek will fly for his family.
For more information, visit offuttairshow.com.