FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show began Saturday morning in the area of East Sunrise Boulevard North, along North State Road A1A, to the 1600 block.

Sleek jets zipped high above Fort Lauderdale Beach to the delight of spectators of all ages.

“It is absolutely the best show on Earth, down here on the beach. You cannot beat it,” said an attendee.

“You get to the see the best flights, the best in the nation,” said another attendee.

In addition to the Thunderbirds, Saturday’s show featured performances by the Navy F-35C Lightning II Demonstration Team, the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, the Navy F-18 Rhino Demonstration Team, the Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Demonstration Team, the Florida Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, the Air Force Reserve F-16 Vipers, the U.S. Coast Guard SAR Demo Team, the Air Force Reserve F-16 Vipers and some of the nation’s top civilian performers.

“We’re thrilled to be here today and to be a part of all of this,” said an attendee.

The event site opened at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, performances started at 11:30 a.m. and continued until around 3:00 p.m.

Pilots from the different military branches spent the day in fighter jets performing stunts of all sorts, something that takes years of experience.

“We’ve all got about 10 years of flying experience before we come out here and do these air shows for everybody,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Daniel Slater.

Although the rain slowed things down a bit at first, those who were featured in the show said getting to do this is worth every moment.

“Getting out and seeing the country and showing the United States what their United States Navy is capable of is a pretty good experience,” said Slater.

The next show is set to start Sunday at around 11 a.m. For more information on tickets and weekend road closures, click here.

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