Rumbles over Louisville a taste of Thunder to come

By DAVID MATTINGLY | WAVE 3 News

Military jets were tearing through the skies over Louisville, creating a little thunder of their own in preparation for Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville Air Show.

Teams conducted practice runs that took them over the river and over parts of the city’s downtown.

Air Show Practice
Military jets were tearing through the skies over Louisville, creating a little thunder of their own in preparation for Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville Air Show.

Organizers said they have no worries about the weather.

If clouds are too low, teams are restricted on what they can do. But that is not expected to be a problem.

Conditions on the ground are favorable as well.

“You’ve got great views all along the riverfront because the river’s down this year,” Thunder Air Boss Mike Riordan said. “We don’t have any water problems for the first time in a couple of years. So any place you walk down to the river, you’re going to have a great view of the air show. And that’s in Indiana or Kentucky.”

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Military flight teams said they were excited about performing in front of the large Thunder crowd.

“We like to get as close to the speed of sound as possible without obviously blowing out any windows or anything,” Lt. Jeff Mayer of the U.S. Navy Tac Demo Team said. “So we’ll get as fast as we can, as slow as we can as well, and showcase both of those abilities.”

The air show begins at 3 p.m. with nearly 30 acts scheduled, including jumps by the U.S. Army Golden Knights.

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