FORT WORTH -- The U.S. Air Force thundered into North Texas on Monday in advance of this weekend’s Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.

The show’s headlining Thunderbirds arrived at Alliance Airport in far north Fort Worth just after noon Monday after a 5-hour flight from Puerto Rico. Before landing, six pilots flew across and around the airport for a “site survey,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, the Thunderbirds’ commander and leader.

"It's great to be back in Texas," said Hammond, who is from Abilene. "The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is one we look forward to [...] It's a great area, in terms of military support."

The show is Saturday and Sunday at Alliance Airport, west of I-35W in far north Fort Worth. Gates open both days at 9 a.m. and the show will begin around 11 a.m. The Thunderbirds will fly around 3 p.m.

The event is free, but parking prices start at $30 per car.

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