The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in close formation at the Joint Base Andrews Air Show. (U.S. Air Force)
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After a year off due to budget restrictions, the Joint Base Andrews Air Show was held at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C., on September 16-17, 2017. Spectators at the free airshow were treated to military aircraft displays, aerobatic routines, warbird flybys and a rousing performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Air Force’s establishment as a separate service on September 18, 1947. Most important, they got a chance to meet and interact with the airmen who defend the United States and its allies and fly relief missions around the globe. Here’s a snapshot of sights from this year’s show.