The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were the headliners for the 2014 Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show on Saturday.
Sunny skies and a beautiful breeze greeted guests at the Barksdale Air Show on Saturday. The show opened up with the American flag gracefully floating through the bright blue sky attached to a Wings of Blue parachutist as he skillfully maneuvered his way to center stage while the National Anthem played over the speakers. Two more parachutists followed with the Air Force flag and the POW MIA flag.
Some guests sought refuge from the sun under the wings of the display aircraft while others embraced the warm rays. Almost all were entranced as aircraft like the F-22, the Thunderbirds, and P-51 Mustang weaved and raced through the cloudless sky.
While planes took to the sky for an acrobatic show, some aircraft such as a C-17, C-5, and C-130 remained grounded so the public could take a tour and get a glimpse of what each aircraft entailed on the inside.
“I thought it was great to be able to walk up to the display planes,” Debra Saulsbury noted. She, along with Kasey Simon, Robbie Groves and his son Gabe, had endured sitting in traffic for more than an hour to come to the air show.
For Kasey, this was her first air show. “I loved watching the planes fly so close to each other,” she said. “The atmosphere was great and the volunteers were helpful and friendly.”
Gabe and his dad also enjoyed the stunt planes. “I liked all the cool tricks the planes did. The food was good, too.”
The planes weren’t the only attraction garnering attention. There were classic muscle cars on display, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and various vendors selling souvenirs and specialty items.
Those who attended the air show were lucky to have the opportunity since Sunday’s air show was cancelled due to forecasted severe weather.
By Katie Roxberry