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Santa Maria Air Show offered glimpse of flying high

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - As the visitors take a spin, an Air Force recruiter mans the Extreme Equilibrium training simulator at the Thunder Over the Valley Fly-In here Aug. 29. A gut-wrenching but informative experience, Extreme Equilibrium offers people a brief glimpse into the training pilots go through. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Angelina DellaRocco-Rukavina)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - As the visitors take a spin, an Air Force recruiter mans the Extreme Equilibrium training simulator at the Thunder Over the Valley Fly-In here Aug. 29. A gut-wrenching but informative experience, Extreme Equilibrium offers people a brief glimpse into the training pilots go through. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Angelina DellaRocco-Rukavina)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Before an orientation flight, Civil Air Patrol Lt.Col. Steven Clark explains the CAP mission to Cadet Brandon Heller at the Thunder Over the Valley Fly-In Aug. 29 here. The CAP provides assistance in search and rescue of downed aircraft in the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Angelina DellaRocco-Rukavina)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Before an orientation flight, Civil Air Patrol Lt.Col. Steven Clark explains the CAP mission to Cadet Brandon Heller at the Thunder Over the Valley Fly-In Aug. 29 here. The CAP provides assistance in search and rescue of downed aircraft in the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Angelina DellaRocco-Rukavina)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Sitting in a SH60-Bravo helicopter, Navy Lt. Brad Mylinski explains the primary mission of the Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light-43 pilots during the Thunder Over the Valley Fly-In Aug. 29 here. The SH60-Bravo helicopter the Battle Cats fly are weapons-system capable and utilize the M-60, M-240 and GAU-16. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Angelina DellaRocco-Rukavina)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Sitting in a SH60-Bravo helicopter, Navy Lt. Brad Mylinski explains the primary mission of the Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light-43 pilots during the Thunder Over the Valley Fly-In Aug. 29 here. The SH60-Bravo helicopter the Battle Cats fly are weapons-system capable and utilize the M-60, M-240 and GAU-16. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Angelina DellaRocco-Rukavina)