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Thunderbirds’ return highlights annual air show

June 19, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The return of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds highlights this weekend’s Dayton Air Show in Ohio.

The Army’s Golden Knights demonstration team will also take part in the annual show Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.

Vectren Dayton Air Show organizers said the 2018 show drew an estimated 62,000 people, after falling to 44,000 in 2017 following cancellation of the Thunderbirds’ appearance. Two Thunderbird team members were hospitalized in 2017 when an F-16D fighter jet left the runway and flipped over upon landing during preparation for the show.

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Friday morning can meet Thunderbirds members and get autographs.

Other military planes and aerobatic pilots will be part of the show .