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Mock bombing and ‘Top Gun’ flair at Aviation Nation

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A explosion goes off during a mock bombing run at the 2014 Aviation Nation open house in Nellis Air Force Base Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.
Photo: Steve Marcus

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a Calypso Pass maneuver during the 2014 Aviation Nation open house at Nellis Air Force Base Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

Aviation Nation | Nellis Air Force Base | November 9, 2014

An explosion at an Air Force base might alarm you. Or it might knock your socks off (almost literally). On a clear day at Nellis, a mock bombing run shook the earth and turned the sky to flame. Aviation Nation was a feast of powerful engineering, designed to inspire the badass pilots of tomorrow. When the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed a calypso pass, no doubt fans of Top Gun quoted in unison: “Because I was inverted.”

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