Thousands watch 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show at airport

The USAF Thunderbirds Perform at the 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show.
The USAF Thunderbirds Perform at the 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show.(WPTA)
Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 10:05 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Fort Wayne air show has wrapped up for the year, after thousands of people took to the 122nd Fighter Wing to watch.

Parachutes, propellers and lots of jet engines filled the skies over Fort Wayne International Airport for an action-packed weekend of the 2022 air show.

Cooperative weather and a big name headliner -- the US Air Force Thunderbirds -- brought thousands upon thousands of spectators to the fields and tarmac on the east side of the airport, where the 122nd Air National Guard stages its operations.

The USAF Thunderbirds Perform at the 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show.
The USAF Thunderbirds Perform at the 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show.(WPTA)

On the ground, visitors were able to get up close to a wide variety of aircraft, often climbing into a cockpit or a cargo hold for some hands-on interaction. On and above the airfield, stunt craft, rocket-powered trucks and other wonders offered high-volume entertainment throughout the day.

But without question, the big draw was the Thunderbirds. The Air Force’s world-renowned performance team didn’t disappoint, with a 45-minute show that featured some new additions since their last visit. The unit used unexpected “down time” from the COVID-19 pandemic -- which canceled shows dating to 2020 -- to work up some new routines.

Their jets took off shortly after 3 p.m. to finish off the day’s schedule.

Additional information is available at the Fort Wayne Air Show website.

Huge crowds turned out for the 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show.
Huge crowds turned out for the 2022 Fort Wayne Air Show.(WPTA)

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