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60th Anniversary air show amazes Nellis with heritage, future

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The Thunderbirds tear through the skies of Las Vegas during their performance  for the 60th Anniversary Air Show  here on Nov. 10. The Thunderbirds, commemorating their 54th season and the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force, traveled across the country and the world to represent the 515,000 men and women of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The Thunderbirds tear through the skies of Las Vegas during their performance for the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The Thunderbirds, commemorating their 54th season and the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force, traveled across the country and the world to represent the 515,000 men and women of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A scale model of an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike fighter sits on display during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here Nov. 10. The F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air-to-air combat.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A scale model of an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike fighter sits on display during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here Nov. 10. The F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air-to-air combat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Visitors stop to look at the F-22 Raptor during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The Raptor is an air superiority fighter that uses stealth technology, but is also equipped for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence roles as well. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Visitors stop to look at the F-22 Raptor during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The Raptor is an air superiority fighter that uses stealth technology, but is also equipped for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence roles as well. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The Thunderbirds tear through the skies of Las Vegas during their performance  for the 60th Anniversary Air Show Nov. 10, here. The Thunderbirds, commemorating their 54th season and the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force, traveled across the country and the world to represent the 515,000 men and women of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The Thunderbirds tear through the skies of Las Vegas during their performance for the 60th Anniversary Air Show Nov. 10, here. The Thunderbirds, commemorating their 54th season and the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force, traveled across the country and the world to represent the 515,000 men and women of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Visitors gather around the MQ-9 "Reaper" during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The "Reaper" is a unmanned aerial vehicle capable of hunting and killing emerging battlefield targets, as well as providing real-time surveillance and reconnaissance data to battlefield commanders and intelligence specialists. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Visitors gather around the MQ-9 "Reaper" during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The "Reaper" is a unmanned aerial vehicle capable of hunting and killing emerging battlefield targets, as well as providing real-time surveillance and reconnaissance data to battlefield commanders and intelligence specialists. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A B-17 Flying Fortress lands after a World War II tribute during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The B-17 was a heavy bomber aircraft developed for the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was primarily employed in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and civilian targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A B-17 Flying Fortress lands after a World War II tribute during the 60th Anniversary Air Show here on Nov. 10. The B-17 was a heavy bomber aircraft developed for the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was primarily employed in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and civilian targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Plew)