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Thunder air show draws hundreds of thousands to banks of the Ohio

RV-4 pilots with the KC Flight Team perform an aerial demonstration during the Thunder Over Louisville airshow in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2019. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the annual event, which has grown to become one of the largest single-day air shows in North America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
April 15, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Louisville on Saturday for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for more than two dozen military aircraft flying in the annual event, which has grown to become one of the largest single-day air shows in North America.

Highlights of the show, which featured more than two-dozen military aircraft, included aerobatics from a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team, a simulated cargo air-drop from a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft, and a team of Kentucky Air Guard Special Operators who parachuted from a U.S. Air Force C-130J into the Ohio River.

Other performers included the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute demonstration team, a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratotanker, F-16 Falcons from the Ohio Air Guard and a variety of aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force.