LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – If you were anywhere close to downtown Louisville on Thursday you probably heard the roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The flight squadron has arrived in Louisville and they are gearing up for a one-of-a-kind air show.
Dozens of people caught the dress rehearsal from the Belvedere.
"It kind of makes me nervous," said Ann Spradlin. "I kind of get a nervous sick feeling in my stomach, but it is still very exciting to watch them."
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels geared up for Thunder Over Louisville, essentially they are the kick off to big show, but I bet some would even argue that.
It's been eight years since the Blue Angels have graced the skies above the Ohio River for Thunder and for Michael Flemister, who is Blue Angels crew member, it's good to be home.
"Seeing the Blue Angels as a kid performing at Thunder Over Louisville was amazing and I now I get to the take that opportunity and live that dream," said Flemister.
The Louisville native performs all the maintenance work on the jets.
"You know anything from as big as an engine to as small as a tire on any of the aircrafts I have to make sure it's good to go, it's safe to fly with," said Flemister.
Pilots soar at speeds up to 700 miles per hour sometimes just 18 inches apart.
"Everything we do has to be coordinated has to be done precisely," said Blue Angels Commander Tom Frosch. "We fly very close together. We are essentially demonstrating maneuvers and capabilities of the aircraft and maneuvers we do out in the fleet we just do it a lot closer here and a lot lower. "
A thrill ride not only for those in skies, but on the ground, too.
So far the Blue Angels say the forecast is looking good for Saturday. They don't anticipate having to tweak their routines due to winds, cloud cover or high water.
The air show is set to kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday.