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The Blue Angels perform during the
Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday.
The Blue Angels perform during the
Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday.
The Blue Angels perform during the
Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday.
The Blue Angels make a little smoke of their own Sunday
after being grounded due to poor visibility Saturday.
Jack Bennett watches as the the Blue Angels
perform their aerial routine during
the Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday.
Guardians of Freedom Air Show attendees finally got to
see the legendary Blue Angels in flight Sunday.
Models of the Blue Angels sit on display for sale
during the Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday.
The Blue Angels for a tight formation over
the Guardians of Freedom Air Show.
Capt. Jeff Kuss of the Blue Angels waves to the crowd while
taxiing on the runway before takeoff Sunday.
LINCOLN, NEB – 05/08/2016 Blue Angels ground crew members perform checks as smoke from a controlled explosion drifts behind them during the Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday, May 8, 2016,at the Lincoln Municipal Airport. MISCHA LOPIANO/Journal Star
The Blue Angels perform during the
Guardians of Freedom Air Show on Sunday.

Smoke and haze from wildfires got in the way of the Blue Angels’ performance on Saturday.

Sunday was a different story.

An almost picture-perfect day of blue sky and plenty of sunshine greeted the precision flight team. Thousands of eager aviation fans finally got to see the stars of the Guardians of Freedom Air Show.

The smoke that scuttled the show Saturday was blown down from fires in Canada and Minnesota.

By the time Sunday morning rolled around, Josh Boustead of the National Weather Service in Valley said visibility returned nearly to normal.

The difference from one day to the next was a relief for the thousands of people at the show and for Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes, State Public Affairs officer for the Nebraska National Guard.

“We had a great crowd out here,” Hynes said. “By and large I think people had a really good time.”

Depsite plenty of aircraft on display, the Blue Angels were on everyone’s mind.

Lincoln resident Jeff Horst, said he’s always been fascinated by planes and felt lucky that he got to see the Blue Angels perform.

“The synchronization of them flying so close together is just mind-boggling,” he said.

Lt. Col. Sheryl Wohleb said when she was in the Navy, she was stationed in Pensacola, Florida, where the Blue Angels train. Each Tuesday, when the Angels would go out to practice, she and her colleagues were sure to watch.

“They’re just such amazing pilots,” she said. “They can take off and land on aircraft carriers, so they have tremendous skill.”

Horst said while he enjoys aviation and seeing various aircraft, it’s the atmosphere of air shows that keep him entertained.

“It’s just fun to come out and I enjoy the crowds, the fair-type atmosphere, walking through the planes,” Horst said. “It’s good for the U.S. military to show off what they have because people are probably a little more willing to pay taxes after seeing them like this.”

Hynes said there are thousands of hours of work that go into putting on an air show, between the various military branches and sponsors.

“But when it all comes together, when you look out in the crowd and see all the kids and the veterans, you see how enthralled they are by what they see,” he said. “And that’s where you kind of get the sense of ‘OK, yeah, all that work was worth it.’”

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