Thunder in the Valley attracts thousands

For 6-year-old Chris Dail, seeing the Thunder in the Valley Air Show Saturday was just like bringing his video games to life.

“My husband and son, they play a video game with war airplanes, so they’re enjoying this,” said 32-year-old Nikki Dail, Chris’ mother.

Chris’ favorite part?

“All the planes doing stunts,” said the Columbus boy.

The Dail family joined about 18,000 attendees on a sunny day for the 12th annual Thunder in the Valley Air Show at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport. This year, the event featured military aircraft, jet-powered trucks, classic automobiles and of course, an aircraft stunt show — complete with twists, dives, rolls and low passes at hundreds of miles per hour.

Chris Stubbs of Phenix City brought his son CJ, 5, and nephew Jamal, 11, to admire the aircraft and vintage cars on the lot.

Jamal was particularly impressed with the air show tricks.

“It’s nonstop,” he said. “You always have something to look at.”

Nearby, Kerwin Vega, 24, checked out a helicopter on display while friend Kenny Condreay, 17, sat inside. The two are both basic trainees at Fort Benning, and Vega said it was interesting to see aircraft they may operate one day — especially the Black Hawk helicopters.

“Seeing the helicopter itself — the structure, the fire power is just amazing,” Vega said.

The show continues from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday. It’s $10 at the gate and free for children under 6 years old. It’s also $6 for military personnel at the gate.

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