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Elite Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Waikiki

By Mary Simms

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- It's one of the hottest aerial shows to the hit our Hawaiian skies. Today not one, but two daring performances by the elite Air Force Thunderbirds as the Air Force celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Believe it or not, this is a practice show for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

But thousands of on-lookers below, didn't seem to care.

"It was a tremendous first for me and a wonderful demonstration of the wonderful talent the airmen have. it was very enjoyable," said Thunderbirds fan John Samsa.

Some beach goers accidentally stumbled upon the show.

"It was absolutely wonderful it was a real treat I wasn't expecting it I didn't know the show was even going to be held. I was just on the beach and it was absolutely terrific," said Thunderbirds fan Bill Ross.

Flying in precise formations, these F-16's are at times only feet apart, traveling at up to 500 miles an hour.

The pilots train for years to get this good; and it shows.

"So that's how you know how dedicated and skilled these pilots are, they've been flying in the airport for about ten years as fighter pilots and it just goes to show professionalism of all the airmen in the Air Force, said Capt. Elizabeth Krest, of the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds.

Many people expressed feelings of patriotism, even an Australian visitor.

"We love the Thunderbirds. It was really good to see great acrobatics, awesome power all for the 60th anniversary of the U.S Air force.  We're visiting from Australia, we thought it was great!" said Australian visitor Mike Braithwaite.

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