Air Expo 2011 soars amid record heat

Published: Apr. 10, 2011 at 3:58 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 10, 2011 at 4:03 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The temperature was the only thing that went higher than the Thunderbirds at the 2011 Air Expo at Charleston Air force Base Saturday. The heat peaked at 90 degrees breaking a temperature high in the Lowcountry that was set in 1965. But the heat was no sweat for the crowds of people watching the show.

"It's awesome. It's fun. It's totally worth every second," says Air Expo first timer Brianna Rumble. "It's definitely worth staying out here in the heat."

More than 80,000 people turned out for the show that was headlined by a 45-minute performance by the Thunderbirds, an elite air force demonstration team.

Leading up to the Thunderbirds show, a re-creation of the attack on Pearl Harbor "Tora Tora Tora" shook the airfield to life. The show was complete with pyrotechnics as explosions left strings of black smoke hanging in the air.

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