2001 Ft. Lauderdale

Next it was time to take the beachs with a combined forces attack. First in were the A-10 Warthogs...

In preparation for the landing, the Warthogs staged a mock attack on a barge. Here you can see an A-10 finishing off the barge with a fiery explosion... a ring of smoke still rising majestically through the air from the first hit.

Having made quick work of the barge, AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters sweep the beach with their machine guns, neutralizing any resistance the 3 million spectators may have offered.

A LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) heads toward the beach after departing from the Amphibious Assault ship shown in the distance.

Additional assault troops are airlifted in by a pair of CH-47D Chinook helicopters... talk about a ride!

AH-64 Apaches stand guard over the crowd with their M230 Chain Guns panning from side-to-side.

With the "war" being over, the Canadian Snowbirds took to the sky in their deadly CT-114 "Tutors" to perform an aerial ballet.

The Snowbirds' motto is "The Hattein Ronteriios"... or "Warriors of the Air." Here the brave warriors can be seen winning the hearts of the crowd with their message of love.

Here all nine Snowbirds can be seen flying in formation. Two things the American military flight teams have not attempted is a nine plane formation and a female pilot... both of which the Snowbirds can proudly claim.

The highlight of this year's show were the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds in their sleek F-16 Fighting Falcons.

One of the T-bird's trademark manuvers, the high speed pass directly in front of show center. Four aircraft fly formation while the fifth soars in at nearly the speed of sound.

The four plane diamond roll never looked better than between the palm trees and blue skies of Ft. Lauderdale beach. In all it was a great two days of sun, sand, surf and super speeds.

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2002 Ft. Lauderdale Air & Sea Show Photos

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