Pilots showcase military capabilities during Thunder Over Louisville air show

In honor of the U.S. Air Force 70th Anniversary, a trio of historic and modern aircraft fly an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The group is comprised of (from left to right) a P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber, a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft and a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

In honor of the U.S. Air Force 70th Anniversary, a trio of historic and modern aircraft fly an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The group is comprised of (from left to right) a P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber, a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft and a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron jump in the Ohio River from a Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The demonstration is designed to show how the Airmen enter a body of water to conduct a rescue operation and recover downed personnel. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron jump in the Ohio River from a Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The demonstration is designed to show how the Airmen enter a body of water to conduct a rescue operation and recover downed personnel. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing air-drops two bundles of cargo in the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing air-drops two bundles of cargo in the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A joint color guard comprised of members from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard present the colors to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show at the downtown waterfront in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen military aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A joint color guard comprised of members from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard present the colors to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show at the downtown waterfront in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen military aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-86 Sabre Jet warbird flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-86 Sabre Jet warbird flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft line the tarmac at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017, prior to their performance in the Thunder Over Louisville air show later in the day. The Kentucky Air National Guard is once again providing logistical and maintenance support to military aircraft participating in the event, which has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft line the tarmac at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017, prior to their performance in the Thunder Over Louisville air show later in the day. The Kentucky Air National Guard is once again providing logistical and maintenance support to military aircraft participating in the event, which has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Matt Younkin flies an aerial demonstration in his Twin Beech aircraft April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Matt Younkin flies an aerial demonstration in his Twin Beech aircraft April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Kentucky Air National Guard’s Tech. Sgt. Jason Newby presents the colors to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show at the downtown waterfront in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen military aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Kentucky Air National Guard’s Tech. Sgt. Jason Newby presents the colors to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show at the downtown waterfront in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen military aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The Kentucky Air National Guard is once again providing logistical and maintenance support to military aircraft participating in the event, which has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The Kentucky Air National Guard is once again providing logistical and maintenance support to military aircraft participating in the event, which has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A B-25 Mitchell warbird, nicknamed “Panchito,” from the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A B-25 Mitchell warbird, nicknamed “Panchito,” from the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft flies an aerial demonstration above the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The Kentucky Air National Guard is once again providing logistical and maintenance support to military aircraft participating in the event, which has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft flies an aerial demonstration above the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The Kentucky Air National Guard is once again providing logistical and maintenance support to military aircraft participating in the event, which has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Pilot Billy Werth flies his Pitts S-2C aircraft low over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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Pilot Billy Werth flies his Pitts S-2C aircraft low over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Pilot Billy Werth flies an aerial demonstration in his Pitts S-2C aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017.  The event, which features more than a dozen aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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Pilot Billy Werth flies an aerial demonstration in his Pitts S-2C aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The event, which features more than a dozen aircraft, has grown to become the largest annual single-day air show in America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flies over the Ohio River after deploying Kentucky Air National Guardsmen into to the water to conduct a simulated rescue mission during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual show has grown to become the largest single-day event of its kind in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flies over the Ohio River after deploying Kentucky Air National Guardsmen into to the water to conduct a simulated rescue mission during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual show has grown to become the largest single-day event of its kind in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

In honor of the U.S. Air Force 70th Anniversary, a trio of historic and modern aircraft fly an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The group is comprised of (from left to right) a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter and a P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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In honor of the U.S. Air Force 70th Anniversary, a trio of historic and modern aircraft fly an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The group is comprised of (from left to right) a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter and a P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk hoists Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron into the aircraft after performing a simulated rescue mission in the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The demonstration was part of Thunder Over Louisville, an annual air show that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk hoists Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron into the aircraft after performing a simulated rescue mission in the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The demonstration was part of Thunder Over Louisville, an annual air show that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The F-35, from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flies over the Ohio River after deploying Kentucky Air National Guardsmen into to the water to conduct a simulated rescue mission during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual show has grown to become the largest single-day event of its kind in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flies over the Ohio River after deploying Kentucky Air National Guardsmen into to the water to conduct a simulated rescue mission during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual show has grown to become the largest single-day event of its kind in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A soldier from the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights demonstration team parachutes into downtown during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A soldier from the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights demonstration team parachutes into downtown during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A group of World War II-era warbirds flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A group of World War II-era warbirds flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing performs an aerial demonstration above the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing performs an aerial demonstration above the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing prepares to air-drop two bundles of cargo in the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing prepares to air-drop two bundles of cargo in the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 22, 2017. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Two bundles of cargo float down to the Ohio River after being air-dropped from a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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Two bundles of cargo float down to the Ohio River after being air-dropped from a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Nick Coleman, a pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, flies an aerial demonstration in his personal T-Craft airplane April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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Nick Coleman, a pilot in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing, flies an aerial demonstration in his personal T-Craft airplane April 22, 2017, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The annual event has grown to become the largest single-day air show in the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Louisville, Ky. -- This year's Thunder Over Louisville air show featured a wide range of military aircraft, from the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lighting II, to the venerable C-130 Hercules, flown by Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard. The show, held on the banks of the Ohio River here April 22, also featured a simulated rescue mission performed by Airmen from the Kentucky Air Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, who deployed into the water from a Kentucky National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.