Airshow unleashes thunder over Billings

By midday Saturday, the wind was blowing around 10 mph from the southwest over Billings Logan International Airport. There was roughly 10 miles of visibility.

Although there were no commercial flights leaving the airport Saturday, the skies above Billings were far from clear. For the first time in two decades, military and stunt planes entertained thousands of spectators for the Yellowstone International Airshow.

Aerobatic pilot Brad Wursten performs during the Yellowstone International Airshow on Friday.


License plates in the parking area had the names of states throughout the Northwest, but 8-year-old Aiden Gilluly only had to travel a few minutes from his home in Billings to get his photo taken in a tank parked on airshow grounds. His mother, Donna Gilluly said she didn’t expect a turnout as massive as what she saw Saturday. She brought her son to the show after hearing it announced on the radio.

“He really wasn’t that into planes, but after hearing the jets overhead the past few days, he started getting so excited,” she said.

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