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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Air Show at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Millions of people have witnessed the Thunderbirds demonstrations, and in turn, they've seen the pride, professionalism and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Airmen serving at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Millions of people have witnessed the Thunderbirds demonstrations, and in turn, they've seen the pride, professionalism and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Airmen serving at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

An event goer poses for a picture at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. The open house and air show is a chance for Sheppard to show and communicate the Air Force's mission as well as Sheppard's specific mission of training, developing and inspiring the next generation of Air Force warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

An event goer poses for a picture at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. The open house and air show is a chance for Sheppard to show and communicate the Air Force's mission as well as Sheppard's specific mission of training, developing and inspiring the next generation of Air Force warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

Event goers watch a U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team member at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. The open house and air show is a chance for Sheppard to show and communicate the Air Force's mission as well as Sheppard's specific mission of training, developing and inspiring the next generation of Air Force warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

Event goers watch a U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team member at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. The open house and air show is a chance for Sheppard to show and communicate the Air Force's mission as well as Sheppard's specific mission of training, developing and inspiring the next generation of Air Force warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

A F-22 Raptor flies alongside a P-51 Mustang during the Sheppard Air Force Base Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 28, 2019. The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation celebrates U.S. air power history and serves as a living memorial to those who have served in the U.S. Air Force by providing 40-60 annual Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

A F-22 Raptor flies alongside a P-51 Mustang during the Sheppard Air Force Base Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 28, 2019. The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation celebrates U.S. air power history and serves as a living memorial to those who have served in the U.S. Air Force by providing 40-60 annual Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

An event goer looks out of a CH-47 Chinook at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. The open house and air show was a opportunity for the local community to come and see some of the inner workings of Sheppard AFB. It also allowed Sheppard to educate the community on it's mission and the Air Force's role in defending freedom. There were also multiple recruiters to help educate the spectators as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

An event goer looks out of a CH-47 Chinook at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 27, 2019. The open house and air show was a opportunity for the local community to come and see some of the inner workings of Sheppard AFB. It also allowed Sheppard to educate the community on it's mission and the Air Force's role in defending freedom. There were also multiple recruiters to help educate the spectators as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

Maj. Paul Lopez II flies an F-22 Raptor during the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Lopez is the F-22 demonstration team commander. The F-22 Raptor demonstration team performs precision aerial maneuvers at air shows across the world to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's premier fifth generation fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

Maj. Paul Lopez II flies an F-22 Raptor during the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Lopez is the F-22 demonstration team commander. The F-22 Raptor demonstration team performs precision aerial maneuvers at air shows across the world to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's premier fifth generation fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

A U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team member and Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 82nd Training Wing command chief, glide in a parachute during the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 28, 2019. The Wings of Blue demonstration team travels across the country to air shows, sporting events and other venues to represent the Air Force in precision parachuting. Other than traveling, their primary mission is to run the Air Force's Basic Freefall Parachuting course, known as Airmanship 490. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

A U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team member and Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 82nd Training Wing command chief, glide in a parachute during the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 28, 2019. The Wings of Blue demonstration team travels across the country to air shows, sporting events and other venues to represent the Air Force in precision parachuting. Other than traveling, their primary mission is to run the Air Force's Basic Freefall Parachuting course, known as Airmanship 490. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

Doc's B-29 Superfortress performs at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Doc is one of the 1,644 B-29s manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Over the past 15-plus years, hundreds of volunteers have worked on Doc and the restoration project. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

Doc's B-29 Superfortress performs at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Doc is one of the 1,644 B-29s manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Over the past 15-plus years, hundreds of volunteers have worked on Doc and the restoration project. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

The Red Bull Air Force helicopter does a flip while performing at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from accomplished and experienced aviation experts in the whole world. They specialize in highly coordinated aerial jump demonstrations and continually push the limits of human flight. They do base jumping, wingsuits, free flying, speed riding and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

The Red Bull Air Force helicopter does a flip while performing at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from accomplished and experienced aviation experts in the whole world. They specialize in highly coordinated aerial jump demonstrations and continually push the limits of human flight. They do base jumping, wingsuits, free flying, speed riding and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Air Show at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Each year brings another opportunity for the team to represent those who deserve the most credit: the everyday, hard-working Airmen voluntarily serving America and defending freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Each year brings another opportunity for the team to represent those who deserve the most credit: the everyday, hard-working Airmen voluntarily serving America and defending freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

The Jelly Belly Comedy Air Act performs at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Equal parts aviator, educator and comedian of the skies, Kent Pietsch performs the unique variety of acts with his Jelly Belly airplanes. His shows include aerobatic stunts featuring airplanes that lose parts, engines that quit in mid-flight and landings onto runways mounted on moving vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)
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The Jelly Belly Comedy Air Act performs at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Oct. 26, 2019. Equal parts aviator, educator and comedian of the skies, Kent Pietsch performs the unique variety of acts with his Jelly Belly airplanes. His shows include aerobatic stunts featuring airplanes that lose parts, engines that quit in mid-flight and landings onto runways mounted on moving vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The sights and sounds of freedom and the incredible muscle of Air Force air power was on full display here Oct. 26-27, 2019, as thousands turned out for the Sheppard AFB Guardians of Freedom Open House & Air Show.

Sheppard opened its gates to Wichita Falls, its outlying communities and people from around the world for the Guardians of Freedom Air Show, which highlighted the many different roles in the Air Force that make it possible to win in air, space and cyberspace. Those not in attendance were able to view a live production of the two-day event on the base's Facebook page both Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

Lt. Col. Wendy Enderle, 982nd Training Group deputy commander and the 2019 Guardians of Freedom air show director, said it was a team effort to put on such a herculean show that provided entertainment in the air and on the ground. Whether their eyes were fixed skyward or through virtual reality or augmented reality headsets, showgoers were certainly wowed by the activities.

"I'm proud of the team that spent months putting together this successful air show," she said. "I'm glad people came out to see what Sheppard is all about and the missions we execute on a daily basis, and I'm happy people enjoyed seeing the air power that makes the United States Air Force the most lethal force in the world."

The air show was headlined by the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” and the always exciting F-22 Raptor Demo Team, which also flew in a heritage flight with the World War II-era P-51 Mustang. The Wings of Blue Parachute Team from the Air Force Academy dazzled the audience, as did the Academy’s glider Aerobatic Demonstration Team.

Civilian performers amazed the crowd with precision flying and breathtaking nosedives, twists and turns. The show featured performances by civilian performers like the Jelly Belly Comedy Air Act, Doc’s B-29, FighterJets Inc., Red Bull Air Force, and the T-28 Trojan Phlyers.

On the 26th, airshow spectators got to witness a flyover from a Whiteman AFB, Missouri-based B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which resembles a flying wing.

The final act on both days was the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who awed the spectators by showcasing their incredible accuracy, precision, and professionalism throughout the whole performance. From the ground crew to the pilots flying the aircraft, the discipline and skill were matched between the two.

Local celebrities also got a chance to fly with the Thunderbirds. Ryan Brasier, a right-handed pitcher for the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox and native of Wichita Falls, got his flight with the Thunderbirds on the 26th. Wichita Falls Independent School District Secondary-level Teacher of the Year Debbie Pepper followed with her Thunderbirds flight on the 27th.

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