Pilots get ready to put on a show during Thunder Over Louisville
Pilots are excited to have such great weather for Thunder and said they will be able to do bigger stunts, compared to last year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Thunder Over Louisville's Air Show will be ready for high-flying action with jets, planes and parachutes.
The line up this year includes aerobatic teams, fighter jets, aircraft from UPS and more.
Pilots for the air show were fueling up and going over final checks on Friday. They're all very excited to have such great weather. So the crowd can expect to see some bigger stunts, compared to last year.
One of the groups everyone loves to see is the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic team. Pilot Marco Rusconi said this is his fourth year flying for Thunder, and he enjoys taking part every year.
"The energy this weekend is just absolutely beautiful. For us to take part in this celebration, we take a lot of pride in that. It's an honor to be included. We do our small part and lead up to the big fireworks show. So we're very excited," Rusconi said.
Rusconi said the team flew down from "the great white north" Thursday. The team's bright yellow, vintage WWII planes stand out and are always a crowd favorite.
"And you can't miss the sound," said Rusconi. "The propellers are actually going super sonic. And that's what generates that unique roar."
This year, Rusconi said he's very happy the weather is cooperating, because that means the show will be more enjoyable for everyone. And he said you can expect bigger stunts.
"From the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic team, you can expect a series of very dynamic maneuvering and some exciting crosses," said Rusconi.
No Pleasure Boats in the Thunder Safety Zone:
One big change is for the Ohio River. The U.S. Coast Guard is closing the Ohio River to all recreational boat traffic for Thunder. The USCG says swift currents, rising waters and debris make it too dangerous.
A safety zone is being set up from the McAlpine Lock and Dam to Cox Park to keep boaters out. The restrictions will be in place on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until Thunder is over.
If you go down to the Ohio River, Thunder Air Show begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.
"Thunder on the Ground" goes live at 11 a.m. Saturday. That means all areas and activities will be open.
The Kentucky Derby Festival said the ground is wet from all the rain, so it encourages people to bring tarps to sit on. Tarps cannot be larger than 10' x '10. No tents are allowed either. The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park opens at 9 a.m.
Here are the things NOT permitted at Thunder:
- No drones are allowed.
- No tents or canopies of any kind.
- No stakes.
- No tape, rope or pennant lines allowed.
- No glass bottles are allowed at the event site.
- Picnic blankets (and tarps limited to 10′ x 10′) and lawn chairs are permitted.
- Plastic bottles and food are permitted. There are plenty of food and soft drink stands in the Thunder venue.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed. (Beer is available at the Chow Wagon and in designated Beer Gardens)
- No bikes, skateboards or skates are allowed in the event venue. You will be asked to walk them in for pedestrian safety.
- Please leave any pets at home.
The Kentucky Derby Festival is reminding people that due to increased security, all persons and parcels are subject to search.
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