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Community guests fill the flightline during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Saturday was the first day of a free two-day event featuring more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static displays and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Community guests fill the flightline during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Saturday was the first day of a free two-day event featuring more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static displays and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Col. Ethan Griffin, 436th Airlift Wing commander, watches as the Thunderbirds soar overhead Aug. 26, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Col. Ethan Griffin, 436th Airlift Wing commander, watches as the Thunderbirds soar overhead Aug. 26, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds fly by a C-17 Globemaster during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds fly by a C-17 Globemaster during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

A B-2 Spirit flies overhead as Team Dover guests look on during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The B-2 routinely conducts bomber assurance and deterrence missions providing a flexible and vigilant long-range global strike capability, and is just one demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting global security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

"Thunder Over Dover" parking volunteers stand ready to direct incoming vehicles from the North Gate to parking spaces on the main flight line ramp Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Thunder Over Dover gives visitors the opportunity to see Air Force aircraft spanning the last century and provides visitors a chance to talk face-to-face with military personnel, to hear first-hand experiences while serving at Dover AFB and how we execute and sustain Rapid Global Mobility every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet signs autographs after completing a performance during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet signs autographs after completing a performance during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Maj. Ryan Bodenheimer, U.S. Air Force pilot for Thunderbird #2, takes a selfie with students near the end of his visit to Dover High School, Dover, Del., Aug. 25, 2017. Senior Airman Katherine Rousset, 436th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, and other members of the Thunderbirds joined in for the group photo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Maj. Ryan Bodenheimer, U.S. Air Force pilot for Thunderbird #2, takes a selfie with students near the end of his visit to Dover High School, Dover, Del., Aug. 25, 2017. Senior Airman Katherine Rousset, 436th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, and other members of the Thunderbirds joined in for the group photo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A B-2 Spirit flies overhead as Team Dover guests look on during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The B-2 routinely conducts bomber assurance and deterrence missions providing a flexible and vigilant long-range global strike capability, and is just one demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting global security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A B-2 Spirit flies overhead as Team Dover guests look on during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The B-2 routinely conducts bomber assurance and deterrence missions providing a flexible and vigilant long-range global strike capability, and is just one demonstration of the U.S. commitment to supporting global security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

First responders from several local community agencies receive a briefing before the final day of the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Ensuring safety for the nearly 50,000 guests was a major priority during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

First responders from several local community agencies receive a briefing before the final day of the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Ensuring safety for the nearly 50,000 guests was a major priority during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Staff Sgt. Jacob Risch, 709th Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy loadmaster, holds his son during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open House and airshow featured performances from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army’s Black Daggers parachute team and several other aerial performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Staff Sgt. Jacob Risch, 709th Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy loadmaster, holds his son during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open House and airshow featured performances from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army’s Black Daggers parachute team and several other aerial performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Guests of Team Dover interact with a static display helicopter Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house showcased a spectrum of American air power from World War II to present day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Guests of Team Dover interact with a static display helicopter Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house showcased a spectrum of American air power from World War II to present day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the Black Daggers parachute with the American flag while ChefPitts flies in a corkscrew pattern around them Aug. 26, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s parachute demonstration team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Members of the Black Daggers parachute with the American flag while ChefPitts flies in a corkscrew pattern around them Aug. 26, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s parachute demonstration team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter performs a search and rescue demonstration at the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter performs a search and rescue demonstration at the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Guests of Team Dover watch an aerial performer fly above Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House. This was Team Dover’s first open house since 2009, and the first held on the base since 1994. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Guests of Team Dover watch an aerial performer fly above Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House. This was Team Dover’s first open house since 2009, and the first held on the base since 1994. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

"Thunder Over Dover" spectators watch "Panchito," a Mitchell B-25 bomber, taxi in after an aerial demonstration, Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del.  Dover AFB hosted an Open House featuring over 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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"Thunder Over Dover" spectators watch "Panchito," a Mitchell B-25 bomber, taxi in after an aerial demonstration, Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB hosted an Open House featuring over 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A family looks inside a static display during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house and airshow featured performances from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army’s Black Daggers parachute team and several other aerial performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri)
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A family looks inside a static display during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house and airshow featured performances from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army’s Black Daggers parachute team and several other aerial performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri)

Nicole and Ryan Kachmar, and their son John, watch an aerial demonstration during the second day of the base's Open House, Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Kachmar's traveled from Wilmington, Del. to view "Thunder Over Dover" performances and static displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Nicole and Ryan Kachmar, and their son John, watch an aerial demonstration during the second day of the base's Open House, Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Kachmar's traveled from Wilmington, Del. to view "Thunder Over Dover" performances and static displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

John "Skipper" Hyle performs a high-speed pass at the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house is a way for Dover AFB to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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John "Skipper" Hyle performs a high-speed pass at the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house is a way for Dover AFB to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

The “Flying POW/MIA” monument, Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, sits during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. There are 1,636 names on the aircraft and some have small flags to indicate a repatriated Vietnam War service member. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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The “Flying POW/MIA” monument, Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, sits during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. There are 1,636 names on the aircraft and some have small flags to indicate a repatriated Vietnam War service member. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A child looks in awe at an aerial demonstration during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri)
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A child looks in awe at an aerial demonstration during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Mekkri)

Cmdr. Grant Edwards, Australian Federal Police, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., pulls  a C-17 Globemaster III during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The aircraft weights more than 282,000 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Cmdr. Grant Edwards, Australian Federal Police, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., pulls a C-17 Globemaster III during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The aircraft weights more than 282,000 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Team Dover guests watch as the Thunderbirds begin their aerial performance during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover AFB, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Team Dover guests watch as the Thunderbirds begin their aerial performance during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover AFB, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

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A C-5M Super Galaxy approaches for landing after completing an aerial demonstration during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, over Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house featured Team Dover C-5M and C-17 Globemaster III aerial demonstrations, highlighting Dover’s Rapid Global Mobility mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Attendees file into the rear of a C-5M Super Galaxy during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house featured both a C-5M and a C-17 Globemaster III on static display open for public viewing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Attendees file into the rear of a C-5M Super Galaxy during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB’s fleet of C-5Ms are operated by the active duty 9th Airlift Squadron and the Reserve 709th AS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Capt. Mike Knapp, 3d Airlift Squadron pilot, speaks to attendees during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, onboard a C-17 Globemaster III at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Knapp also acted as the operations project officer for the Thunderbirds during the open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Senior Airman James Felter, 3d Airlift Squadron loadmaster, speaks to attendees during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, onboard a C-17 Globemaster III at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The C-17 and C-5M Super Galaxy static-displayed aircraft featured aircrew members who highlighted their aircraft, their mission and their jobs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Eight-year-old Johnathan Walters of Milford, Del., sits in a C-17 Globemaster III’s flightdeck during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Walters and his family were one of countless other families given the opportunity to tour the inside of Team Dover’s aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

A member of the Black Daggers adjusts his parachute to land while towing the American flag during the Thunder Over Dover Open House opening ceremony Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del.  The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s parachute demonstration team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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A member of the Black Daggers adjusts his parachute to land while towing the American flag during the Thunder Over Dover Open House opening ceremony Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s parachute demonstration team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, shakes hands with members of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds after a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Jackson said he was extremely grateful for the experience and thanked the Thunderbirds for their service and professionalism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, shakes hands with members of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds after a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Jackson said he was extremely grateful for the experience and thanked the Thunderbirds for their service and professionalism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

The U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds’ F-16 Fighting Falcons line the flightline of Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 25, 2017, for the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U. S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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The U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds’ F-16 Fighting Falcons line the flightline of Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 25, 2017, for the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U. S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, gives a thumbs up while Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds operations officer, taxis the No. 7 jet after completing a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Walsh flew Jackson around the skies of Delaware for nearly an hour, taking him through each of the maneuvers his team performs during their aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, gives a thumbs up while Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds operations officer, taxis the No. 7 jet after completing a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Walsh flew Jackson around the skies of Delaware for nearly an hour, taking him through each of the maneuvers his team performs during their aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon  takes off Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds operations officer, piloted the No. 7 jet with Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, who was selected for a media flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds operations officer, piloted the No. 7 jet with Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, who was selected for a media flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

A member of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds operations officer, flew the No. 7 jet, taking Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, on a media flight above Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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A member of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds operations officer, flew the No. 7 jet, taking Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, on a media flight above Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Andrew Jackson (left), radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds operations officer, walk to the No. 7 jet for a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Andrew Jackson (left), radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds operations officer, walk to the No. 7 jet for a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Master Sgt. Paul Rosales and Staff Sgt. Jasper Roberts, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds aircrew flight equipment technicians, fit Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, for a G-suit in preparation for a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During his flight, Jackson experienced a maximum of 9.2 g’s of force, necessitating the specialized suit to maintain consciousness during the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Master Sgt. Paul Rosales and Staff Sgt. Jasper Roberts, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds aircrew flight equipment technicians, fit Andrew Jackson, radio host for 88.7 The Bridge, for a G-suit in preparation for a media flight Aug. 25, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Family Day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During his flight, Jackson experienced a maximum of 9.2 g’s of force, necessitating the specialized suit to maintain consciousness during the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

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Senior Airman Samantha Kreiner, 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, poses in front of Thunderbird 8 Aug. 24, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Kreiner has been selected to join the Thunderbird team at Nellis AFB, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Dawne Nickerson-Banez, 436th Airlift Wing community engagement chief, gives members of the United States Air Force Academy "Wings of Blue" parachute team a ride to the Aircrew Flight Equipment facility after completing their jump, Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Wings of Blue members made jumps all three days during the "Thunder Over Dover: 2017 Dover AFB Open House," Aug. 25-27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Dawne Nickerson-Banez, 436th Airlift Wing community engagement chief, gives members of the United States Air Force Academy "Wings of Blue" parachute team a ride to the Aircrew Flight Equipment facility after completing their jump, Aug. 25, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Wings of Blue members made jumps all three days during the "Thunder Over Dover: 2017 Dover AFB Open House," Aug. 25-27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

The Black Daggers sky dive during the opening ceremony of the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Parachute Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino
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The Black Daggers sky dive during the opening ceremony of the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Parachute Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino

A member of the Wings of Blue parachute team sky dives during the opening ceremony of the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This was the first open house held at Dover AFB in eight years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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A member of the Wings of Blue parachute team sky dives during the opening ceremony of the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This was the first open house held at Dover AFB in eight years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform the final maneuver of their routine during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform the final maneuver of their routine during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerial maneuvers during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerial maneuvers during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform an opposing knife edge pass during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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The United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform an opposing knife edge pass during the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 25, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Staff Sgt. Andy Dynan, 436th Operations Group executive, proposes to his girlfriend Katrina Durden during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dynan normally works as a loadmaster with the 9th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)
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Staff Sgt. Andy Dynan, 436th Operations Group executive, proposes to his girlfriend Katrina Durden during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dynan normally works as a loadmaster with the 9th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

William Fili, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, poses for a photo during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Fili received the medal for actions taken during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)
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William Fili, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, poses for a photo during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Fili received the medal for actions taken during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

The Wings of Blue parachute team freefalls during the opening ceremony of the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This was the first open house held at Dover AFB in eight years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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The Wings of Blue parachute team freefalls during the opening ceremony of the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This was the first open house held at Dover AFB in eight years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Team Dover guests enjoy a C-17 Globemaster III static display during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event as a way to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Team Dover guests enjoy a C-17 Globemaster III static display during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event as a way to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Members of Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst overlook the crowd of Team Dover guests during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. JBMDL Airmen helped make the open house successful by providing a number of items to include one of its aircraft, a KC-10 Extender. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Members of Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst overlook the crowd of Team Dover guests during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. JBMDL Airmen helped make the open house successful by providing a number of items to include one of its aircraft, a KC-10 Extender. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A B-2 Spirit flies over the crowd at the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event as a way to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
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A B-2 Spirit flies over the crowd at the Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event as a way to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

A C-17 Globemaster III prepares for landing after completing an aerial demonstration during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of personnel and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A C-17 Globemaster III prepares for landing after completing an aerial demonstration during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of personnel and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Team Dover guests enjoy static displays during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house showcased the spectrum of American Air Power from World War II to present-day . (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Team Dover guests enjoy static displays during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house showcased the spectrum of American Air Power from World War II to present-day . (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Number 1, Commander of the Thunderbirds, waves to the crowd after an aerial demonstration during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Number 1, Commander of the Thunderbirds, waves to the crowd after an aerial demonstration during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Dover Air Force Base, Del., prepares for "Thunder Over Dover," the second day of the base's Open House, Aug. 27, 2017l. The Open House is Dover AFB's chance to thank the local community for their continued support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Dover Air Force Base, Del., prepares for "Thunder Over Dover," the second day of the base's Open House, Aug. 27, 2017l. The Open House is Dover AFB's chance to thank the local community for their continued support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds move into the diamond formation fly pass Dover Air Force Base’s air traffic control tower during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017. The Thunderbirds performed precision flying maneuvers during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26 – 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)
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The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds move into the diamond formation fly pass Dover Air Force Base’s air traffic control tower during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017. The Thunderbirds performed precision flying maneuvers during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow Aug. 26 – 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

A Black Dagger jumps with an American Flag during the singing of the national anthem during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Parachute Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)
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A Black Dagger jumps with an American Flag during the singing of the national anthem during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Black Daggers are the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Parachute Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

A "Thunder Over Dover" volunteer directs incoming traffic from the North Gate to parking on the flight line Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year’s Open House showcased the capabilities of our Air Force aviation team and celebrated our longstanding relationship with our neighbors in the local Dover community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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A "Thunder Over Dover" volunteer directs incoming traffic from the North Gate to parking on the flight line Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year’s Open House showcased the capabilities of our Air Force aviation team and celebrated our longstanding relationship with our neighbors in the local Dover community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Tech. Sgt. William Jenkins, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire station captain, speaks with military and local firefighters before the start of the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Fire houses from the local area helped to ensure the open house was safe as well as fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Tech. Sgt. William Jenkins, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire station captain, speaks with military and local firefighters before the start of the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Fire houses from the local area helped to ensure the open house was safe as well as fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A silhouette of a C-17 Globemaster III before the start of the day during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The C-17 was pulled by an Australian strong man on both days of the open house. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A silhouette of a C-17 Globemaster III before the start of the day during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The C-17 was pulled by an Australian strong man on both days of the open house. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A Team Dover guest holds a C-17 Globemaster III toy during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house is a way for Dover AFB to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A Team Dover guest holds a C-17 Globemaster III toy during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house is a way for Dover AFB to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A demonstration plane flies way overhead during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, military working dog demonstrations and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A demonstration plane flies way overhead during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays, military working dog demonstrations and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A Team Dover guest reads the names of Vietnam War Prisoners of War and Missing in Action individuals on the “Flying POW/MIA” monument, Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The aircraft displays the names of 1,636 soldiers who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A Team Dover guest reads the names of Vietnam War Prisoners of War and Missing in Action individuals on the “Flying POW/MIA” monument, Grumman OV-1 Mohawk, during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The aircraft displays the names of 1,636 soldiers who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Cmdr. Grant Edwards, Australian Federal Police, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., pulls a C-17 Globemaster III during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Edwards, a former Australian strongman athlete, pulled the aircraft over 15 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Cmdr. Grant Edwards, Australian Federal Police, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., pulls a C-17 Globemaster III during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Edwards, a former Australian strongman athlete, pulled the aircraft over 15 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A mother puts hearing protection on her son during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event as a way to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A mother puts hearing protection on her son during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB opened its gates to the public for a free, two-day event as a way to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the base’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A Team Dover guest records aerial performances during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A Team Dover guest records aerial performances during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The open house was a free, two-day event that featured more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A Team Dover guest watches the Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A Team Dover guest watches the Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A Team Dover guest watches the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A Team Dover guest watches the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

The Thunderbirds taxi to the end of the runway during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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The Thunderbirds taxi to the end of the runway during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, led by Lt. Col. Jason Heard, commander/leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and pilot of the No. 1 jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Team Dover guests watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds arrived two days prior to the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow to meet media, base and community members and to practice performance routines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Team Dover guests watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds arrived two days prior to the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House and Airshow to meet media, base and community members and to practice performance routines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Team Dover guests watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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Team Dover guests watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A Team Dover guest watches the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del . The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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A Team Dover guest watches the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del . The Thunderbirds have performed for millions of fans since 1953, and are scheduled to complete nearly 70 performances this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a high bomb blast over a static C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a high bomb blast over a static C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The thunderbirds demonstrated the versatility of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing aerial acrobatics, precision formations and high-speed passes during their performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Airmen assigned to Dover Air Force Base complete a security patrol Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover AFB, Del. The open house is a way for Dover AFB to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)
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Airmen assigned to Dover Air Force Base complete a security patrol Aug. 27, 2017, during the Thunder Over Dover Open House at Dover AFB, Del. The open house is a way for Dover AFB to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over during the  2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds performed precision flying maneuvers during the open house and airshow Aug. 26 – 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over during the 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 27, 2017, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Thunderbirds performed precision flying maneuvers during the open house and airshow Aug. 26 – 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Community guests fill the flightline during the Thunder Over Dover Open House Aug. 26, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Saturday was the first day of a free two-day event featuring more than 20 aerial demonstrations, static displays and other events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)