Arctic Thunder returns to skies over Elmendorf after year off
By Staff Sgt. Francesca Popp
/ Published August 16, 2006
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --
Arctic Thunder 2006 has ended and base officials have deemed it a success.
Aside from a few performance cancellations Saturday, due to inclement weather, the air show and open house appears to have gone smoothly. Nearly 136,000 people, slightly lower than expected overall total attendance, witnessed the Navy's Blue Angels perform their famous diamond formation and other aerial routines. People attending also saw the Army's Golden Knights jump on Sunday.
In the months leading up to Arctic Thunder, Brig. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, 3rd Wing commander, said this would the "greatest air show Alaska has ever seen."
One person who attended the show agreed.
"It's the greatest show on earth in my opinion. I was left in awe of the acrobatics of those wonderful and capable air pilots! I am so glad I didn't miss it this year, it is the one and only show I would take time to fight Anchorage drivers to go and see," he said via an online survey.
The air show committee seeks feedback from people who attended the air show. People can visit www.elmendorf.af.mil/3Wing/Units/PA/AirShow/default.htm and click on the link to take a survey.
The next Arctic Thunder is already being planned for the summer of 2008.