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Aviation Nation: Day 1

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE -- Thousands of plane and stunt enthusiasts flocked to Nellis Air Force Base Saturday for the Aviation Nation Air show.

Colonel Richard Boutwell, a Commander at Nellis Air Force Base said he expected 60-thousand people to attend the free event the first day.

Colonel Boutwell said it's a good way to improve base-community relations.

"I like to turn around and watch the crowd. I like to see their reaction as the aircraft is in the air and just see how people respond to the performance,” said Col. Boutwell.

Aviation Nation also brought out fans far and wide.

"Ever since I was a small boy I liked airplanes. I grew up in a part of the U.K. which is full of airfields from World War II, so I just became interested in taking pictures of them,” said John Brumhead, visiting from the United Kingdom.

Brumhead said the crowds are bigger where he's from, but the variety of planes and jets are unmatched at Nellis.

Aviation Nation is free to the public and it runs Saturday thru Sunday, from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.