My brother and I traveled to the Thunder over the Rock airshow at the Little Rock Airforce Base in Jacksonville yesterday. I’ve been to the show many times and each time out the show continues to amaze and provide the same thrill I experienced the first time I saw the show as a kid. This was the base’s first open house since 2008 and the Thunderbirds’ first performance at the base in 6 years.
The Thunderbirds perform precision aerial maneuvers, demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft around the world. The show gives the base an opportunity to showcase its mission as the world’s largest C-130 training base and to entertain spectators with aerial and ground events from all branches of
the U.S. Armed Forces from varying eras. Spectators could tour modern jets,
antique aircrafts and the C-130’s.
The base is the world’s largest C-130
training base. The open house and air show also coincided with the base’s 55th
anniversary. The base officially opened in 1955 and is now is home to the Air
Mobility Command’s 19th Airlift Wing; Air Education and Training Command’s 314th Airlift Wing; and the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 189th Airlift Wing. Team
Little Rock is known as the Home of C-130 Combat Airlift and currently is home
to more than 90, C-130 J, H and E models.