March air show enjoyed by 120,000 fans

My12 photo submission by Phillip Edwards
My12 photo submission by Phillip Edwards

Posted by: John Shryock - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Officials with Maxwell Air Force Base are pleased with the large turnout at the recent air show, Thunder Over Alabama.

In all, some 120,000 people attended the show on March 27 and 28. Most people who watched the action, nearly 85,000, showed up for the first day. The second day was lighter with about 36,000 fans.

The Thunder Over Alabama air show featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights, as well as numerous other military and civilian flying acts.

The public was treated to displays including a Wright Flyer replica, an F-22 Raptor, an F-15 Eagle, an A-10 Thunderbolt II, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a variety of World War II and other military warbirds.

"This air show was a great success for Maxwell Air Force Base and the entire River Region," said Col. Kris Beasley, 42nd Air Base Wing commander. "We were honored to help celebrate 100 years of flight in Alabama and glad that so many River Region citizens were able to meet and interact with our Airmen -- the finest in the world. We're very proud of all the base personnel who worked so hard to make this such a memorable event, and we appreciate the tremendous community support which helped make the air show possible."

Another air show could happen in two or three years.

Photos from the Thunder Over Alabama air show are available online at

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