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Heart of Texas Airshow draws largest crowd

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Organizers of the Heart of Texas airshow estimated over 40,000 people attended Saturday and Sunday making it the largest crowd to date. 

Debby Standefer, one of the organizers of the HOT Airshow said this was, "The best they've ever done." Standefer said the weekend's success is in large part to the performance by the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds. "They only do so many shows around the country and for them to come and join us in  Waco  is a very big privilege. They demonstrate the top of military precision."

This is the second time in 25 years the Air Force Thunderbirds performed at the Heart of Texas Airshow. While The Thunderbirds  perform various maneuvers, Captain Sara Harper said the show is meant to inspire. 

"We are out here representing those who have gone before us and there are a lot of veterans in the crowd today. So we hope we made them proud. We are here to inspire the next generation of Airmen," Captain Harper said.

Attendees had the opportunity to watch the shows as well as get a look inside some of the planes. Standefer said this weekend gives people exposure to the many opportunities in aviation. "By having the airshow here on the T-S-T-C Campus which use to be James Connally air force base it serves as a big open house."

Organizers have already started the planning for next year's Heart of Texas Airshow with the Blue Angels performing.

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