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Locals honored in Thunder in the Valley Air Show

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Thunderbird jets took over the skies of the Cedar Valley Thursday, checking out the landscape ahead of the weekend Thunder in the Valley Air Show

Pilots flew the aircrafts from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to the Waterloo Regional Airport Thursday.  

Spc. Don Nichols from Shell Rock, who was killed by an IED attack in Afghanistan back in April will be honored at the air show this weekend.

''We are actually going to fly with his name on the number one airplane this weekend and it's such an honor to be able to that and really dedicate the entire show to him and his family,'' said pilot Nicholas Holmes.

Waterloo firefighter and Captain Garrett Gingrich was chosen as the Hometown Hero for this weekend's air show. He was recognized Thursday afternoon and was taken on an honorary flight. Capt. Gingrich just returned from a year-long mission to Afghanistan.

The air show takes place Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day. The shows start at 11 a.m. 

You can still purchase tickets for $10 dollars at Hy-Vee stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Waverly and Cedar Rapids. Tickets cost $15 at the gate.

Click here to view the entire schedule, parking information, and ticket information. 

 

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