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Thunder air show draws half-million spectators to banks of the Ohio

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft participates in a heritage flight with a P-51 Mustang during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft participates in a heritage flight with a P-51 Mustang during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, performs an aerial demonstration April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, performs an aerial demonstration April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A joint team of Kentucky Army and Air National Guardsmen presents the colors on the 2nd Street Bridge in Louisville, Ky., to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 21, 2018. This year’s show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A joint team of Kentucky Army and Air National Guardsmen presents the colors on the 2nd Street Bridge in Louisville, Ky., to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 21, 2018. This year’s show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Lt. Col. Robert Geary of the Kentucky Air National Guard sings The Star Spangled Banner on the 2nd Street Bridge in Louisville, Ky., to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 21, 2018. This year’s show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Lt. Col. Robert Geary of the Kentucky Air National Guard sings The Star Spangled Banner on the 2nd Street Bridge in Louisville, Ky., to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 21, 2018. This year’s show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team was one of the marquee acts at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The team is based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, performs an aerial demonstration April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, performs an aerial demonstration April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, performs an aerial demonstration April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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An F-15 Eagle from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, performs an aerial demonstration April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Special operators from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron parachute into the Ohio River from a C-130 aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The squadron is comprised of combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and special tactics officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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Special operators from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron parachute into the Ohio River from a C-130 aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The squadron is comprised of combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and special tactics officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A special operator from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron parachutes into the Ohio River from a C-130 aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The squadron is comprised of combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and special tactics officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A special operator from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron parachutes into the Ohio River from a C-130 aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The squadron is comprised of combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and special tactics officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A special operator from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron parachutes into the Ohio River from a C-130 aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The squadron is comprised of combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and special tactics officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A special operator from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron parachutes into the Ohio River from a C-130 aircraft during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018. The squadron is comprised of combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and special tactics officers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Soldier from the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute demonstration team floats toward Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018, to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show. This year’s show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River. (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 parachute demonstration team floats toward Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, Ky., April 21, 2018, to kick off the Thunder Over Louisville air show. This year’s show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing perform an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing perform an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Thunder Over Louisville air show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River on April 21, 2018. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for dozens of military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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The Thunder Over Louisville air show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River on April 21, 2018. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for dozens of military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Royal Canadian Air Force CT-155 Hawk trainer aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Royal Canadian Air Force CT-155 Hawk trainer aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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The Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team performs an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The Thunder Over Louisville air show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River on April 21, 2018. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for dozens of military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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The Thunder Over Louisville air show drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River on April 21, 2018. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for dozens of military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet aircraft flies an aerial demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The KC Flight Formation Team performs an aerobatic demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)
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The KC Flight Formation Team performs an aerobatic demonstration over the Ohio River April 21, 2018, during the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky. This year’s event drew a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

LOUISVIILLE, Ky. -- Military aviators and civilian pilots performed a full day of aerial demonstrations over downtown Louisville April 21 during the Thunder Over Louisville air show, which drew a crowd of more than 500,000 to the banks of the Ohio River.

The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for dozens of military aircraft participating in the show, providing essential maintenance and logistical support. In one of the day’s marquee events, Special Operators from the unit also performed a parachute insertion into the river, jumping from the rear of a Kentucky Air Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft.