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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Thunder in the Valley Air Show was a huge success this weekend at the Columbus Airport.

The U.S. military recently announced they could not participate due to budget cuts, but there was no shortage of high flying events to keep everyone entertained.  The weather was beautiful and despite high winds, all but one of the acts continued as planned.

"The only adverse effect was for our jumpers from Silver Wings.  It was above their maximum wind.  So they'll be back again tomorrow and they'll try to jump again tomorrow," said Robert Kemp.

There were also a number of exhibits on the tarmac for spectators to visit in between shows. Children had a chance to take their picture inside the cockpit of a replica.

"It took me three years to build this, and I built it back in '06.  It's a replica of an F-117 stealth fighter," said Richard Crupi.

There were also many antique aircrafts on display.

"My personal favorite is this one right here, because it's very awesome and it has some silver and black streaks and everything and very shiny," said Trenton Tolbert.

An appearance from the Alabama Boys added some comedic relief to the otherwise dramatic flying shows.

"It's a comedy act where I play Clem Cleaver from East Bogand, Alabama and I get away with the airplane accidentally.  They're trying to get me in it and I hit the switches and then I can't fly it and it's me acting crazy and diving behind the buildings out there," said Greg Koontz.

"The air show continues Sunday, and if you haven't been here yet, there's still plenty more to see."

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