Air Force Thunderbirds thrill crowds at Homestead Air Show

HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - Daring stunts over South Florida skies thrilled audiences at the Wings Over Homestead Air Show, Saturday.

The centerpiece of the event, which is taking place this weekend at the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, are the world-renowned United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

“I’m just so proud to show off our base and show off some world class flying,” said U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Erik Hofmeyer.

The little ones enjoyed the high-flying spectacle. “I like it. I’m having fun,” said a young attendee.

“The planes flying, and then the loud noise,” said fellow plane-watcher Angelo Machado.

U.S. Air Force Col. David Garfield said the show is their way of showing civilians what they have been trained to do. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to this great nation,” he said. “Everything that we do, and show them all the spectacular techniques, tactics, procedures that they have trained for, for years on end.”

The excitement is not only limited to aerial derring-do. Multiple aircraft, like the C-5 Galaxy, are on display out here for 10 days to enjoy and to even go inside for a closer look.

The C-5 is a cargo plane that carries the largest military equipment and troops. “They store a lot of stuff in there to go to war,” said attendee Briana Henao.

The free, two-day event serves both to teach and certainly entertain. “It’s amazing. It’s very beautiful,” said spectator Bernardo Henao.

Hofmeyer said the Thunderbirds delight audiences well beyond Florida shores. “Headlining our show is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. They’re our official demonstration team that travels around the world to put on these great shows every year, so you’ll see a variety of aerial maneuvers and flips,” he said.

The Thunderbirds and the rest of the aircraft taking part in the show will roar through the skies through Sunday.

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