Thousands turn out for air show


Not even gloomy, wet weather could stop drivers from waiting in long lines to see planes take flight at McConnell Air Force Base.

"It's been a great experience,” said Shane.

Shane and his sister drove over ten hours from Tennessee just to see the aircraft.

They're all a part of the Frontiers in Flight Air Show, the first McConnell’s hosted in six years.

“We had a little bit of weather problems out here,” said Daniel de La Fe, chief of media relations for McConnell.

The weather caused pilots from ten of the 15 scheduled events to stay on the ground, including those of the main attraction: Thunderbirds.

"Unfortunately, the clouds are just a bit too low for us to safely conduct a show,” explained Major Ray Geoffroy, Thunderbird public relations officer. “For us, the safety of our show and safety of our crowd is absolutely paramount."

But that didn't stop people from having a good time.

Around 35,000 still turned out to see and explore the inside of the crafts.

There are over 70 different aircraft from all over the world, including the Boeing Dreamlifter. But although it's one of the biggest planes in the U.S., it doesn't carry the heaviest load.

The show also featured fighter jets and military transports, putting a smile on the face of every aircraft lover.

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McConnell reps say Textron Aviation field will be open tomorrow for parking along with the shuttle lots at Spirit AeroSystems and Air Capital Flight Line.

Doors open at 9 a.m.

The Hometown Heroes flight with the Thunderbirds and a Wichita police officer will take off at 9, so plan ahead.

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