USAF Thunderbirds touch down at Punta Gorda Airport for 38th Annual Florida International Show
"This year we do have some great performers. You'll see the ones going upside down behind us. We actually have the thunderbirds this year so that's a pretty exciting draw for a lot of people. It's the first time we've had them in a while so everybody's excited to see them," Volunteer and event organizer Marisa Williams said.
Williams says it's a no–brainer as to why the show attracts tourists from all over the country and in large numbers.
"It's not just a plane going by. They're doing tricks, they're going upside down, they're doing tricks, they're looking like they're going to crash, they're doing some formations. It's just really neat and it's not just the thunderbirds. All of the performers are very skilled and very worth seeing," Williams said.
One such tourists is Anthony Botta who typically frequents shows in Fort Lauderdale but was impressed with what he got to see Saturday.
"This is a lot of fun. It's very interactive. I think it's a lot of fun to do with your kids and anybody else. There's a lot of cool vendors out here, non–profit organizations, it's a good way to get involved in the community as well," Botta said.
Botta says the show is just as impressive to hear as it is to see.
"Loud noises, to be honest. They're really cool to hear, especially those thunderbirds, they're really loud when they fly past you and a gust of wind in your face. That's not something that you get to see everyday," Botta said.