Thunderbirds’ return highlights Rocky Mountain Airshow this weekend

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AURORA, Colo. -- After an 18-year hiatus, the Thunderbirds will return to the Rocky Mountain Airshow this weekend at the Aurora Reservoir.

The team performed at the graduation ceremony Thursday at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the renowned precision maneuver jet team featuring six F-16s will perform Saturday and Sunday at the air show.

"Not everybody understands the mission of the Thunderbirds in general," said Air Force Major Darrick Lee, who grew up in Denver. "They know that they fly, they know that they do the amazing aerobatics, but if you don’t have access to Buckley (Air Force Base) or a military installation nearby, how else are you going to see what these magnificent airman and these aircraft can do?"

Other attractions and activities this weekend include a single-engine jet dragster, a B-25 bomber, a flight simulator and a UH-1 Huey helicopter.

The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday with the night twilight airshow and there will be fireworks.

Tickets online are $25 and $30 at the gate. Parking is $10.

For performance times and other information, go to the Rocky Mountain Airshow website.

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