By Kari Eakins – 23 July ’14
After a year-long absence and then an hour-long weather delay, the United States Thunderbirds were finally able to fly in the skies above Cheyenne. The Thunderbirds Air Show had been a staple of Cheyenne Frontier Days since their first demonstration in 1953.
The thousands of people that gathered at Laramie County Community College said the show was worth the wait.
“It’s unbelievable how they hold that formation,” said John Bruns, who traveled from Maple Lake, Minn. for CFD.
Cheyenne resident Cathy Daly said she was happy to have her favorite part of Frontier Days back, “I love the Thunderbirds and jets and things like that. My family is with me and we’ve always got to come out here. This is the thing.”
The Thunderbirds were grounded last year because of federal budget cuts, making the 2014 show the 60th at CFD and the 15th at LCCC, which offers a civilian viewing site closer to show center than any other in the country.