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Thunder preview provides close up of planes

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Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of people got a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at this year's Thunder Over Louisville. The show's producer, Wayne Hettinger, says the annual Thunder preview event has become a family affair. It's the one time the kids and older fans get a chance to meet many of the pilots and event organizers.

They also get to ask questions about the aircraft and learn what goes into making Thunder Over Louisville a success. Hettinger says there is still plenty of thrills planned for the event - despite the announcement military aircraft won't be taking part due to the sequester in Washington.

"We started gathering up as much as we could from the civilian airshow sector. And I can promise a non-stop show from 3 o'clock in the afternoon right up onto 9:30 in the evening. Everybody's concern is when we're saying "civilian planes to come buzzing through" but these are national air acts" said Wayne Hettinger.

Many of those acts are known for their death-defying air acrobatics. Hettinger adds that some of the civilian planes are actually vintage military aircraft. He's noted that some national airshows have had to cancel this year due to the sequester but for Thunder Over Louisville the show will go on. Thunder is set for April 20.

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