U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds highlight 2017 Star Spangled Salute

Four Thunderbird F-16s accelerate down the runway with the Tinker Air Force Base signage on building 3001 visible above them to begin their display during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Thunderbirds performed to record crowds during the weekend as the stars of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Four Thunderbird F-16s accelerate down the runway with the Tinker Air Force Base signage on building 3001 visible above them to begin their display during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Thunderbirds performed to record crowds during the weekend as the stars of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Langley, Thunderbird #1 F-16 crew chief, leads a row of crew chiefs during the highly-choregraphed start-up procedures as part of their performance during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Thunderbirds performed to a record-breaking crowd during both days of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Langley, Thunderbird #1 F-16 crew chief, leads a row of crew chiefs during the highly-choregraphed start-up procedures as part of their performance during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Thunderbirds performed to a record-breaking crowd during both days of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Jesse Barker, Thunderbird #1 crew chief, cleans his F-16 Fighting Falcon in preparation for a performance during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Barker removed dirt and grime from the highly-polished jet with a wet rag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Jesse Barker, Thunderbird #1 crew chief, cleans his F-16 Fighting Falcon in preparation for a performance during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Barker removed dirt and grime from the highly-polished jet with a wet rag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Photo coverage of Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 18, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Photo coverage of Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 18, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

An F-35A Lightning II takes its show to the moon during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute air show at Tinker AFB May 21.  The joint strike fighter was one of more than 50 statics and aerial acts on display for the airshow as record crowds helped Tinker celebrate its 75th anniversary as well as the Air Force 70th birthday.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Hybers)

An F-35A Lightning II takes its show to the moon during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute air show at Tinker AFB May 21. The joint strike fighter was one of more than 50 statics and aerial acts on display for the airshow as record crowds helped Tinker celebrate its 75th anniversary as well as the Air Force 70th birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Hybers)

Miss Oklahoma 2016, Sarah Klein, rides in the backseat of a Thunderbirds F-16D in full afterburner with LtC. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds operations officer, at the controls during an orientation flight prior to Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 18, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Klein pulled 9.2 Gs in her flight which lasted just over one hour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Miss Oklahoma 2016, Sarah Klein, rides in the backseat of a Thunderbirds F-16D in full afterburner with LtC. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds operations officer, at the controls during an orientation flight prior to Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 18, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Klein pulled 9.2 Gs in her flight which lasted just over one hour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Miss Oklahoma 2016, Sarah Klein, in the backseat of a Thunderbirds F-16D with LtC. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds operations officer, at the controls during an orientation flight May 18, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Klein pulled 9.2 Gs in her flight which lasted just over one hour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Miss Oklahoma 2016, Sarah Klein, in the backseat of a Thunderbirds F-16D with LtC. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds operations officer, at the controls during an orientation flight May 18, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Klein pulled 9.2 Gs in her flight which lasted just over one hour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Lightning strikes behind a B-1B Lancer parked on the flight line as a major storm approaches Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma May 18, 2017. The B-1B is at Tinker undergoing depot level maintenance and has been stripped of a majority of its paint. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Lightning strikes behind a B-1B Lancer parked on the flight line as a major storm approaches Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma May 18, 2017. The B-1B is at Tinker undergoing depot level maintenance and has been stripped of a majority of its paint. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Spectators enjoy the Tinker Air Force Base Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The show was attended by an estimated 100,000 people, which set an attendance record for the Tinker AFB air show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Spectators enjoy the Tinker Air Force Base Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The show was attended by an estimated 100,000 people, which set an attendance record for the Tinker AFB air show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

F-35A Lightning II of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, taxis with the iconic skyline of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, visible in the background to begin the jets performance at Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The 56th Fighter Wing is an Air Education and Training Command unit equipped with F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II jets for initial and refresher training of pilots on the respective airframes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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F-35A Lightning II of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, taxis with the iconic skyline of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, visible in the background to begin the jets performance at Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The 56th Fighter Wing is an Air Education and Training Command unit equipped with F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II jets for initial and refresher training of pilots on the respective airframes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Maj. David Huff, Midwest City Police Officer, waves from the backseat of a Thunderbirds F-16D prior to a flight with Capt. Erik Gonsalvez, Thunderbird #8, team advance pilot/narrator May 19, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Maj. Huff was honored as a Hometown Hero for his work with the Midwest City Police Department.(U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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Maj. David Huff, Midwest City Police Officer, waves from the backseat of a Thunderbirds F-16D prior to a flight with Capt. Erik Gonsalvez, Thunderbird #8, team advance pilot/narrator May 19, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Maj. Huff was honored as a Hometown Hero for his work with the Midwest City Police Department.(U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

The Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet flown by Kent Pietsch lands on the roof of an RV barreling down the runway while the iconic skyline of Oklahoma City can be seen in the background during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The air show had record attendance of over 100,000+ people due to clear skies, mild temperatures and a great line-up of military and civilian acts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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The Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet flown by Kent Pietsch lands on the roof of an RV barreling down the runway while the iconic skyline of Oklahoma City can be seen in the background during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The air show had record attendance of over 100,000+ people due to clear skies, mild temperatures and a great line-up of military and civilian acts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

The F-18A Legacy Hornet takes off during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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The F-18A Legacy Hornet takes off during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

The F-18A Legacy Hornet soars through the Oklahoma sky during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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The F-18A Legacy Hornet soars through the Oklahoma sky during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

The F-18A Legacy Hornet demonstration was one of the highlights of the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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The F-18A Legacy Hornet demonstration was one of the highlights of the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

The B-2A Spirit flies over Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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The B-2A Spirit flies over Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

A massive crowd and food booths are shown in front of the large hangar which is home to the 10th Flight Test Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, during Tinker's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Saturday crowd topped 100,000 people to set an attendance record. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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A massive crowd and food booths are shown in front of the large hangar which is home to the 10th Flight Test Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, during Tinker's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Saturday crowd topped 100,000 people to set an attendance record. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Adam Baker in the Playful Airshows Extra 330 aerobatic aircraft stalls his engine as part of his performance during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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Adam Baker in the Playful Airshows Extra 330 aerobatic aircraft stalls his engine as part of his performance during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

It's all upside down for Adam Baker in his Playful Airshows Extra 330 aerobatic aircraft during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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It's all upside down for Adam Baker in his Playful Airshows Extra 330 aerobatic aircraft during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

The B-2A Spirit flies over Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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The B-2A Spirit flies over Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, during Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

An E-3 Sentry from the 552nd Air Control Wing fleet flies over the blue Oklahoma skies May 20, 2017, during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute Air Show. The E-3 was part of the program featuring other Team Tinker aircraft such as the KC-135 Stratotanker and E-6B Mercury. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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An E-3 Sentry from the 552nd Air Control Wing fleet flies over the blue Oklahoma skies May 20, 2017, during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute Air Show. The E-3 was part of the program featuring other Team Tinker aircraft such as the KC-135 Stratotanker and E-6B Mercury. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

During his comedy routine at Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017, Kent Pietsch delights the crowd as he performs aerobatic stunts in his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet, all while pretending he’s an amateur. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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During his comedy routine at Star Spangled Salute May 20, 2017, Kent Pietsch delights the crowd as he performs aerobatic stunts in his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet, all while pretending he’s an amateur. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

As part of his comedy act, pilot Kent Pietsch bounces his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet down Tinker’s runway during the Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)
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As part of his comedy act, pilot Kent Pietsch bounces his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet down Tinker’s runway during the Star Spangled Salute Air Show May 20, 2017, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (Air Force photo by April McDonald)

An F-35A Lightning II takes flight during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute air show at Tinker AFB May 21.  The joint strike fighter was one of more than 50 statics and aerial acts on display for the air show as record crowds helped Tinker celebrate its 75th anniversary as well as the Air Force 70th birthday.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Hybers)
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An F-35A Lightning II takes flight during the 2017 Star Spangled Salute air show at Tinker AFB May 21. The joint strike fighter was one of more than 50 statics and aerial acts on display for the air show as record crowds helped Tinker celebrate its 75th anniversary as well as the Air Force 70th birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Hybers)

The Wings of Blue, a USAF Academy parachute team, captivated the audience with three members of the team demonstrating their precision parachute piloting skills before a fourth member gracefully glided down carrying the American Flag. (Air Force photo by Kelly White)
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The Wings of Blue, a USAF Academy parachute team, captivated the audience with three members of the team demonstrating their precision parachute piloting skills before a fourth member gracefully glided down carrying the American Flag. (Air Force photo by Kelly White)

A record setting crowd of over 100,000 gathered to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds May 20 during the Star Spangled Salute Air Show at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. There were more than 60,000 in attendance May 21. For the first time in Tinker air show history, officials closed the incoming gates to visitors after reaching parking capacity. The year 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Tinker AFB, the 45th anniversary of the 507th Air Refueling Wing and the 40th anniversary of the E-3 Sentry at Tinker AFB.  (Air Force photo by Mark Hybers)
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A record setting crowd of over 100,000 gathered to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds May 20 during the Star Spangled Salute Air Show at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. There were more than 60,000 in attendance May 21. For the first time in Tinker air show history, officials closed the incoming gates to visitors after reaching parking capacity. The year 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Tinker AFB, the 45th anniversary of the 507th Air Refueling Wing and the 40th anniversary of the E-3 Sentry at Tinker AFB. (Air Force photo by Mark Hybers)

Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base commander, emphasizes the importance of community support to the base while giving opening remarks during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Col. Bell addressed the record-breaking crowd from the raised announcers booth at air show center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base commander, emphasizes the importance of community support to the base while giving opening remarks during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Col. Bell addressed the record-breaking crowd from the raised announcers booth at air show center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Four Thunderbird F-16s accelerate down the runway with the Tinker Air Force Base signage on building 3001 visible above them to begin their display during Tinker Air Force Base's Star Spangled Salute air show May 21, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Thunderbirds performed to record crowds during the weekend as the stars of the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)