Hero Show offers air show with personal connection - Tucson News Now

Hero Show offers air show with personal connection

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Before Davis-Monthan Air Force Base opens its gates to an estimated crowd of 200,000 people for this weekend's air show, a smaller group of several hundred enjoyed a more personal event Friday afternoon - their Hero Show.

For years the base has welcomed veterans, wounded warriors and special needs organizations to the event. It allows easier access for those who might not typically brave the larger crowds and longer day in the sun.

Charlotte Higdon, founder of Achieve Builds Confidence, said events like this are a great way for the children and adults who are part of her organization to interact with the greater Tucson community.

"Our guys see them as the heroes and get excited about what they do," she said.

And what the Thunderbird crew did Friday afternoon after their scheduled performance was what made for truly lasting memories. They met with the crowd, took pictures and signed autographs.

"When they go back to talk to their families and friends, it's as if they were in that plane with the pilot," said Higdon. "Seeing them fly and then their faces up close like that, and the pilots are amazing."

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