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Keesler and Biloxi delivers their first-ever joint air show

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the Keesler and Biloxi Air  and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Twin Tigers perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Twin Tigers perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Black Daggers, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, carry the U.S. Flag during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Black Daggers, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, carry the U.S. Flag during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Twin Tigers perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Twin Tigers perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Crowds gather to watch aerial performances on the flightline during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The two-day event included various static displays on the base flightline and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers and other aerial performances over the beach. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host one air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Crowds gather to watch aerial performances on the flightline during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The two-day event included various static displays on the base flightline and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers and other aerial performances over the beach. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host one air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Twin Tigers perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the unique, one-of-a-kind air show, May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is the first-ever joint and geographically separated air show hosted with Keesler and the city of Biloxi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Twin Tigers perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the unique, one-of-a-kind air show, May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is the first-ever joint and geographically separated air show hosted with Keesler and the city of Biloxi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephen Hughes, 334th Training Squadron instructor, uses toy air planes to provide an air traffic control demonstration to Maverick Vanhuss of Metairie, Louisiana, inside the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics demonstrations hangar on the flightline during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 4, 2019. The two-day event included various static displays on the flightline on base and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers and other aerial performances over the beach. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephen Hughes, 334th Training Squadron instructor, uses toy air planes to provide an air traffic control demonstration to Maverick Vanhuss of Metairie, Louisiana, inside the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics demonstrations hangar on the flightline during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 4, 2019. The two-day event included various static displays on the flightline on base and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers and other aerial performances over the beach. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Carden Craft aircraft performs a demonstration during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 4, 2019. The two-day event included various static displays on the flightline on base and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers and other aerial performances over the beach. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Carden Craft aircraft performs a demonstration during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 4, 2019. The two-day event included various static displays on the flightline on base and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers and other aerial performances over the beach. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Ray Geoffroy, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds public affairs officer #12, delivers the oath of reenlistment to Senior Airman Travis Beihl, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs specialist, prior to the Thunderbirds practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the unique joint air show with the city of Biloxi and Keesler AFB, May 4-5. The two-day event will also include various static displays on the flightline on base and aerial performances over the beach.(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Ray Geoffroy, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds public affairs officer #12, delivers the oath of reenlistment to Senior Airman Travis Beihl, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs specialist, prior to the Thunderbirds practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the unique joint air show with the city of Biloxi and Keesler AFB, May 4-5. The two-day event will also include various static displays on the flightline on base and aerial performances over the beach.(U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jason Markzon, Thunderbird #8, and Destin Sandlin, Smarter Every Day host, pose for a photo inside an F-16 Flying Falcon prior to Sandlin's incentive flight in Gulfport, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the unique joint air show with the city of Biloxi and Keesler AFB, May 4-5. The two-day event will also include various static displays on the flightline on base and aerial performances over the beach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jason Markzon, Thunderbird #8, and Destin Sandlin, Smarter Every Day host, pose for a photo inside an F-16 Flying Falcon prior to Sandlin's incentive flight in Gulfport, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the unique joint air show with the city of Biloxi and Keesler AFB, May 4-5. The two-day event will also include various static displays on the flightline on base and aerial performances over the beach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Dr. Todd Boucher, Popps Ferry Elementary School principal, speaks to local media after his flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in an F-16 Fighting Falcon, May 2, 2019, in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Dr. Todd Boucher, Popps Ferry Elementary School principal, speaks to local media after his flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in an F-16 Fighting Falcon, May 2, 2019, in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Dr. Todd Boucher, Popps Ferry Elementary School principal, walks for a flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in an F-16 Fighting Falcon, May 2, 2019, in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Dr. Todd Boucher, Popps Ferry Elementary School principal, walks for a flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in an F-16 Fighting Falcon, May 2, 2019, in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a practice session for the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 3, 2019. The Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (Courtesy photo by Keshaun Survine)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headlined the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (Courtesy photo by Keshaun Survine)

Team Aeroshell performs during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)
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Team Aeroshell performs during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

Team Aeroshell performs during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)
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Team Aeroshell performs during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

The Black Daggers, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, parachute down carrying the U.S. Flag during the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)
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The Black Daggers, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, parachute down carrying the U.S. Flag during the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

The Smoke N' Thunder Hot Streak II '57 Chevy performs during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)
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The Smoke N' Thunder Hot Streak II '57 Chevy performs during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

A C-21 aircraft is displayed during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)
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A C-21 aircraft is displayed during the Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 5, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the Keesler and Biloxi Air Show May 4-5. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city jointly host an air show geographically separated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly L. Mueller)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The thunder has subsided and the City of Biloxi and Keesler Air Force Base can exhale after the much anticipated Thunder over the Sound: Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show.

This year’s headliners were none other than our very own U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The Air Force’s premier demonstration team showcased the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcons with their four-jet diamond formations and inverted rolls. The show also included a myriad of other performances to include: Team Aeroshell, the Army Special Ops Black Daggers, a MiG-17 and many more.

“It was thrilling to see our civilian partners along with our active duty, guard and reserve counterparts from all over the country come together and demonstrate the aerial acts and what they bring to the national defense,” expressed Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander. “This joint effort allowed us [Air Force components] to interact with our community and describe to them the missions of our aircraft and what they bring to the fight. That is probably one of the biggest joys of an air show for me.”

This air show was unique in that not only was it geographically separated, but it also had over-the-water aerial performances. The aircraft static displays and some aerial and ground performances took place on base in the morning, while most of the civilian and military aerial acts took place over the beach in the afternoon. There were 14 aerial performances, 12 static displays and four ground exhibits over the two-day event.

“It has been a tremendous honor for us [the city of Biloxi] and me as the mayor to work together with what I believe is the best Air Force base in the world for this first-ever joint air show and experience this event with everyone who came out,” explained Andrew Gilich, the city of Biloxi mayor. “With the weather considered, if anything is easy then it wouldn’t be fun and it has been fun. You might have heard Mother Nature’s thunder, but in the end you heard our thunder, Thunder over the Sound.”

The two-day event became more of a one day event due to severe weather on Saturday, but overall the first-ever Keesler Biloxi air show was a success. Despite Mother Nature, approximately 85,000 experienced the roar of the various aerial acts that flew over the beach and learned more about the Air Force’s mission and heritage. 

“It was very impressive and educational,” said Biloxi native Star Ransonet. “We woke up early to come on base and view the aircraft and it was great learning about them and the history. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it is something I will always remember.”