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Kentucky Air Guard kicks off 2021 Thunder air show

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules from the 123rd Airlift Wing performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of a three-ship formation during the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 Hercules from the 123rd Airlift Wing performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of a three-ship formation during the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Special Tactics Airmen, assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard, jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Bowman Field during an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville airshow in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's air show featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)

Special Tactics Airmen, assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard, jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Bowman Field during an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville airshow in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's air show featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron execute a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron execute a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron executes a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump into Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021 to open the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A P-51 Mustang taxies at Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, prior to performing in the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A P-51 Mustang taxies at Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, prior to performing in the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A P-51 Mustang performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A P-51 Mustang performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Matt Younkin performs an aerial demonstration in his Twin Beech aircraft over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Matt Younkin performs an aerial demonstration in his Twin Beech aircraft over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A Beechcraft Model 18 performs maneuvers over Bowman Field during an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's event featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)
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A Beechcraft Model 18 performs maneuvers over Bowman Field during an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's event featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)

A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter flies over Bowman Field during an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's event featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)
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A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter flies over Bowman Field during an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's event featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)

The pilot of a P-51 Red Tail waves while taxiing at Bowman Field following an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's event featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)
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The pilot of a P-51 Red Tail waves while taxiing at Bowman Field following an aerial demonstration for the Thunder Over Louisville air show in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021. This year's event featured aircraft from multiple military and civilian agencies. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Clayton Wear)

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A TBM-3E Avenger from the Commemorative Air Force performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A TBM-3E Avenger from the Commemorative Air Force performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A U.S. Army Reserve UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Army Reserve UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A U.S. Air Force Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Air Force Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A two-ship P-51 Mustang formation performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The top aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A two-ship P-51 Mustang formation performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The top aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A TBM-3E Avenger from the Commorative Air Force performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A TBM-3E Avenger from the Commemorative Air Force performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The annual event featured more than 20 military and civilian air craft this year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

A two-ship P-51 Mustang formation performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The top aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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A two-ship P-51 Mustang formation performs an aerial demonstration over Bowman Field in Louisville, Ky., April 17, 2021, as part of the Thunder Over Louisville air show. The top aircraft, nicknamed Swamp Fox, is now privately owned but once belonged to the active inventory of the Kentucky Air National Guard following World War II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Air National Guard kicked off Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville air show with a nine-person parachute jump from one of the unit’s aircraft by members of its special tactics squadron.

The Airmen — all combat controllers and pararescuemen from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron — performed a high-altitude, low-opening parachute insertion from a C-130 Hercules to open the show at 4 p.m.

This year’s show featured more than 20 military and civilian aircraft, including a three-ship C-130 aerial demonstration from the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing.