LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Teams from the U.S. Air Force and Navy arrived in Louisville on Thursday, on a mission to get thousands of heads in the clouds this weekend.
The U.S. Air Force A-10 Demo Team and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Tactical Demo Teams arrived at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in preparation for the Thunder Over Louisville air show on Saturday. The Kentucky Base will serve as the base of operations for dozens of military planes performing in Thunder, performing maintenance and logistics support.
Highlights of this year's air show include a fly-by of a Kentucky National Air Guard C-130 "Hercules" aircraft and a parachute demonstration from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron.
The parachute demonstration should be a crowd-pleaser: Five airmen will deploy from the Kentucky C-130 into the Ohio River, jumping from a height of 5,000 feet. The parachuters will land in a targeted area of the river, where a special tactics water-recovery team will pick them up.
The same unit of Kentucky Air Guards helped a lot of people during hurricane-recovery missions last year, rescuing 336 civilians in Texas and controlling 636 military planes in the Virgin Islands, where they helped evacuate 1,286 U.S. citizens.