Kentucky Air National Guard plays host to military aircraft for Thunder Over Louisville

by 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Kentucky Air National Guard

Senior Airman Brandon Rhodes, a crew chief with the U.S. Air Force Strike Eagle Demo Team, climbs into the cockpit of an F-15 fighter jet at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on April 15, 2010. Airman Rhodes and the rest of the Strike Eagle Demo Team are assigned to 4th Fighter Wing out of Seymor Johnson, Air Force Base, N.C. The team is in town for this weekend's Thunder Over Louisville Air Show.

4/15/2010 – KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Once again the Kentucky Air National Guard Base will be a flurry of activity this week as it plays host to a fleet of military aircraft taking part in this year’s Thunder Over Louisville celebration.

A variety of aircraft, ranging from the venerable C-130 Hercules transport to the F-15 Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet began arriving here this morning in anticipation of thrilling crowds during Saturday’s air show, which has grown to become one of the largest annual festivals in the nation.

“The Kentucky Air Guard is proud to play such an essential role in Thunder Over Louisville,” said Col. Greg Nelson, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing here.

“This is a wonderful showcase for the aviation community and a fantastic opportunity for us to show off the professionalism of our great officers and Airmen. We always look forward to Thunder, and this year’s event promises to be first rate.”

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