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Veterans and Families Get Sneak Preview of Aviation Nation

Veterans and Families Get Sneak Preview of Aviation Nation


Military personnel, their families and veterans got a sneak peek Friday of some of the spectacular aerial tricks everyone else will get a chance to see this weekend, during Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base.

At Friday's Military Appreciation Day, families and veterans got a look at the demonstrations by the Thunderbirds. They were also allowed to get up close to a variety of aircraft flown by the Air Force, including a Black Hawk Helicopter.

Veterans say events like this one, and others planned for Veterans Day, always remind them of the nation's gratitude.

"It is always heartening to me when someone says thank you for your service. For the guys that came out of Vietnam that wasn't the case, and today it really makes you feel good," Retired Air Force Colonel Douglas Kodak said.

For the general public, Aviation Nation starts at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The flying demonstrations are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. People must park at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and take a free shuttle to Nellis Air Force Base.

There is also strict security to get onto the base. Coolers, glass containers, weapons, laser pointers, pets and large bags will not be allowed.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but entrance onto the base is free.