Hundreds of brave showers potential to witness US military might on display at Fort Lauderdale air show – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The threat of potential downpours on Saturday didn’t stop hundreds of people from packing the beach to witness the might of the United States military on display at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Air Show.
They were there with their eyes skyward to see a spectacle that showcased speed, skill and high-flying stunts. And there are all kinds of planes to see.
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“We flew the A-10 Thunderbolts and the P-51 Mustang, and then they flew together as part of an Air Force legacy flight. We had the Rhino team, the Navy Rhino team, the F-18s,” said Chris Dirato, public relations manager for the air show.
And of course, the star performers, the US Air Force Thunderbirds.
People from all over, like Justin Hill who made the trip from New Jersey to enjoy something you certainly don’t see every day.
“Probably the Warthog. I think it’s the coolest plane I’ve seen in my life with a tail like that,” Justin said.
And the pilots who fly them have undergone serious training to make all of this happen. Like Lt. Daniel Slater, a demonstration pilot with the US Navy.
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“I love seeing the kids running. People are very interested in jets. The newest fighter we have is also the Navy’s first 5th generation fighter. So it’s great to get out there and talk about it, meet people, meet respected naval aviators as well, anybody who wants to get involved in the Navy, especially guys who want to fly fighter jets like we do it here today,” Slater said.
“Going out and seeing the country and showing the United States what their United States Navy is capable of is a really good experience.”
The air show continues on Sunday with a kick off at 11:15 a.m.
The exhibit center is Birch State Park.
If you go there, no chairs are allowed on A1A.
There are 3 free public car parks.
• Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (700 Seabreeze Boulevard)
• North Beach (east side of A1A, from NE 13th Street to NE 18th Street)
• North Beach (south end – east and west side of Sunrise Boulevard at NE 13th Street)
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There is also parking available at the Galleria Mall on Sunrise Boulevard for $20 and if you want to watch the show from the water they have a designated safe area.