Great Texas Airshow thrills more than half million attendees

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The Great Texas Airshow was back for the first time since 2017 and definitely lived up to its name.

Approximately 550,000 eager attendees headed out to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph April 22-24 to enjoy some of the most amazing aerial demonstrations the military has to offer, including diving airplanes and simulated bombing runs.

Dozens of amazing static displays included aircraft from across the history of flight, including the C-5M Super Galaxy, B-52 Stratofortress, A-10 Thunderbolt II, P-51 D Mustang, along with the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon, the MV-22 Osprey from the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army’s HH-60 Black Hawk. There was even an Abrams M-1 tank and a Bradley Fighting Vehicle!

Aerial displays began each day with the Commemorative Air Force's “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Pearl Harbor reenactment and were followed up with thrilling performances by U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team, the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey and many more in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force and the 80th anniversary of Air Education and Training Command.

It took a city to put on a logistical feat like this and thanks go out to all the volunteers, staff, friends, family, pilots, crew, maintainers, vendors, and sponsors for coming together and putting on the first airshow in five years.

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