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Thunder Over the Valley dazzles in Vienna

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All eyes were on the skies in Vienna Saturday for day one of the Thunder Over the Valley air show at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

The planes roared overhead, dazzling thousands of fans down below on the ground. The Thunder Over the Valley air show, living up to its name and bringing back more than a few memories.

"I was in the Air Force back in '66 during Vietnam and I worked primarily on C-130s," said Canton's Jim Bellamy, who was excited to tour one of the 910th Airlift Wing's signature planes.

The crowd got a chance to see what some of these planes can really do today, but everyone also got a glimpse behind the curtain at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station itself.

"It is very much a little city," said master sergeant Bob Barko Jr. "If you think of us as a city that our major industry is air transportation, we have everything you need to get that done. We've got our own police, we've got our own fire. You will see them out here today."

It all kicked off this morning with a gigantic American flag, parachuted in from above.

YSU president Jim Tressel was sworn in as honorary commander, giving him a chance to share his appreciation for the base.

"The 910th has such an impact in our region and we don't even realize what an impact it is al over the state and the nation and the world, listening to all the things that they're a part of," said Tressel.

Even when the planes aren't in the air, they're still pretty impressive to look at. You can really appreciate how gigantic they are when you stand next to them; a completely different perspective than when you're looking at them up in the sky.

"That's the largest plane I've ever seen," said Mr. Essex from Conneaut. 

A variety of perspectives, hours of flying, and a chance to do it all over again on Sunday.

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