Thunder air show draws 725,000 to banks of the Ohio River

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An estimated crowd of 725,000 spectators lined the banks of the Ohio River here April 23 for the annual Thunder Over Louisville air show, organizers said, watching aerial performances by a variety of military and civilian aircraft and the largest fireworks display in North America.

Highlights of the show included a demonstration by the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet, a C-130 Hercules cargo airdrop executed by members of the Kentucky Air National Guard and a special operations demonstration by the Kentucky Air Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron.

The Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville once again served as the base of operations for all military aircraft participating in the air show, providing logistical and maintenance support.