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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

Jamie Gronski, deputy state director to Senator John Barrasso and son Brody watch the Thunderbirds zoom over at the air show July 24, 2019 on F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The Thunderbirds performed dozens of aerobatic maneuvers for several thousand people during the show. This year is the first in 25 years that F. E. Warren hosted the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a pass during the Cheyenne Frontier Days air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds have made an appearance in Cheyenne every year since 1953. This year is the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during the Cheyenne Frontier Days air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds have made an appearance in Cheyenne every year since 1953. This year is the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a calypso pass during the Cheyenne Frontier Days air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds have made an appearance in Cheyenne every yerar since 1953. This year is the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Carter)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerial maneuvers during an air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds' first public performance was in Cheyenne more than fifty years ago. This year was the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air ForceThunderbirds execute a Delta Burst maneuver during an air show July 24, 2019 at F. E. Warren AIr Force Base, Wyo. The Thunderbirds have performed in Cheyenne for more than fifty years. This year is the first in 25 years that F. E. Warren hosted the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Fleig)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during an air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds performed dozens of aerobatic maneuvers for several thousand people during the show. This year was the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Emily Seaton)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

Visiting Rodeo Queens watch the Thunderbirds perform a maneuver at the air show July 24, 2019 at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The Thunderbirds first public performance was in Cheyenne more than fifty years ago. This year is the first in 25 years that F. E. Warren hosted the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Glenn S. Robertson)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a delta burst in the sky during the annual air show July 24, 2019, on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. As part of the annual open house, Fort D. A. Russell Days, the Thunderbirds made an appearance, marking their 66th show in Cheyenne. This year is the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.
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Spectators watch the Thunderbirds perform during an air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds performed dozens of aerobatic maneuvers for several thousand people during the show. This year was the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24, 2019.

The Thunderbirds are an aerial demonstration squadron that perform precision aerial maneuvers while demonstrating the capabilities of the Air Force's high-performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The Thunderbirds are here to recruit new Airmen, provide a positive representation of the Air Force and increase retention of current Airmen.

“I come here every year from Fort Collins and I’m always amazed and my family loves it,” said Carson James, spectator. “It’s great to see the community come together and enjoy the show.”

The Thunderbirds make an appearance at CFD every year as a part of their legacy. Cheyenne is the location of the Thunderbirds’ very first public appearance.

“I’ve been coming to the air show every year for 16 years,” said spectator Keagan Lindblom. “My grandfather met his wife here and served as a squadron commander, so I love the pride involved with the military aspect.”

This year, the base opened its doors to the public for its first air show in 25 years to give the Thunderbirds an opportunity to perform for the Cheyenne community.