The show must go on...and it did! Because of budget cuts from sequestration, the military was forced to withdraw from the Thunder in the Valley Air Show last weekend.
Yes, it's not exactly the same without those modern weapons of war on display...but the military was still represented very well with historic planes and vehicles from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
News Leader 9 anchor Jason Dennis even got to go up in a B-25 bomber from World War II.
Organizers of the 16th annual Thunder in the Valley tell us there was some drop-off from last year's attendance, partly because 3,000 Army trainees could not come to the air show.
A huge crowd of people still came out. They were entertained by some sensational aerobatic acts in the sky, and a "wall of fire" to close Saturday's show.
Families also enjoyed all the antique aircrafts on display, taking pictures of kids when they climbed inside the cockpit of F-117 stealth fighters and other replicas.
Thunder in the Valley is a great local event and we applaud the organizers for their efforts year after year.
It is vital for all of us in the Chattahoochee Valley to support local events like this, so they won't go away.
And most importantly, all the proceeds from this air show benefit local children's charities...nearly $50,000 was raised last year.
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