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Yes, Those Are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Flying Over Fort Lauderdale

We're not under attack -- those fighter jets you heard making all that racket yesterday in the skies above Fort Lauderdale are F-16s from the Air Force's Thunderbirds demonstration team, and I'm sorry if the noise woke up your infant or whatever, but this is the coolest thing ever, and that kid needs to be awake to see it anyway. Those planes can go faster than sound. The nap can wait.


They'll be back this afternoon too -- while there aren't any definite practice times available, flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are being diverted away from the practice area today from noon to 5 p.m. and 7 till 9 p.m., if you're interested in taking a quick peek out the window to check out the wonder of American military superiority carving a goddamned terrorscape into the sky.

If you are complaining about the noise as much as some of my colleagues are, you have no fun in your life and need desperately to go to the Fort Lauderdale Airshow this weekend. Because this is awesome.

The show goes from noon until 4 on Saturday and Sunday, is free, and features demonstrations from the U.S. Navy parachute team, an overflight by a B-1 bomber, an hourlong show from the Thunderbirds and a whole mess of other ridiculously awesome wastes of jet fuel. The show is theoretically centered at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, but you'll be able to see stuff from all over the area. Check out the airshow's website for information about "premium" tickets, parking, and more of the schedule.

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