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Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

A U-2S Dragon Lady, reconnaissance aircraft from Beale Air Force Base, Calif arrives at Nellis Nov. 10, 2017. The U-2 will be on display at the Aviation Nation 2017 Nellis Air and Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)

Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

A member of the U.S. Air Force’s Wing of Blue Parachute Demonstration Team jumps out of an aircraft over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 10 during the opening ceremony of Aviation Nation 2017 Nellis Air and Space Expo. Each year, the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team performs at more than 50 special events in front of over 2 million spectators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

A member of the U.S. Air Force’s Wing of Blue Parachute Demonstration Team prepares to land at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 10 during the opening ceremony of Aviation Nation 2017 Nellis Air and Space Expo. The Wings of Blue member is carrying a U.S. Marine Corps flag in celebration of Corps birthday. The Continental Marines were established in 1775. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)

Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 57th Wing, displays a Vegas Strong paint scheme as the aircraft flies over the Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo crowd at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 10. Nellis has deep roots with the Las Vegas community, the spirit and resiliency of the city has shown since the tragic shooting on Oct. 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)

Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

A Texas Flying Legends pass over the Nellis Air Force Base flight line during Aviation Nation 2017 Nellis Air and Space Expo, Nov. 10, 2017. The Texas Flying Legends is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served—or are currently serving through an active display of World War II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)

Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

A B-25 Mitchell flies in front of the crowd during an air-to-ground demonstration at the Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 10, 2017. The many aerial acts and static aircraft displayed during the Nellis Air and Space Expo are snapshots of 70 years of aviation history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Dwayne Jones)

Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron ‘Thunderbirds perform for spectators during Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov, 10. This event marks the end of the Thunderbirds 2017 air show season, the team thrilled their hometown crowd with precision and professionalism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)

NEELIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

The Nellis Air Force Base Aviation 2017 Air and Space Expo kicked off Veterans Day over clear Las Vegas skies.  The expo showcased numerous acts from past and present and provided the Southern Nevada community an opportunity to interact with Airmen over the weekend.

This year’s event celebrates the U.S. Air Force’s 70th birthday with the theme of Breaking Barriers through Airmen's innovation, training and a proud Air Force heritage since 1947. 

The Air and Space Expo is expected to attract a crowd of more than 200,000 aircraft enthusiasts over the two-day event.

The many aerial acts and static aircraft and ground displayed during the air and space expo are snapshots of the Air Force’s 70 years of aviation history.

This event marks the end of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds 2017 air show season.


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