LAS VEGAS -- Tens of thousands of people came out for Aviation Nation, the annual Nellis Open House and largest free public event in Nevada.
Aviation Nation celebrates 71 years of air power in Las Vegas and the Air Force's accomplishments in air, space and cyberspace.
Several military air demonstration teams, including the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, performed with other military and civilian acts.
Families stood in awe as the planes, jets and drones cruised through the air. One pilot said the best part about Aviation Nation is inspiring future pilots.
"Not to sound too cheesy but the sky is the limit so if these kids dream and really work hard they can achieve their goals," said US Air Force Instructor Pilot Major Seth William Spaner.