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The crowd gathered at Davis-Monthan Saturday. The crowd gathered at Davis-Monthan Saturday.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Thousands of people left Davis-Monthan Air Force Base without a show Saturday afternoon.

The Thunderbirds couldn't take off because of the windy weather. Many people were disappointed and organizers say they made the decision to keep the Thunderbirds grounded for the safety of the pilots and the spectators.

Davis-Monthan opened its gates for this year's Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona Show, to give the public a chance to check out planes and learn about the missions happening at the air force base.

Anyone down at the site could probably attest to how windy it had been throughout the day. Due to the gusts, the Thunderbirds weren't able to perform, however, over a dozen other planes kept the crowd entertained.

Despite not getting a chance to see the Thunderbirds takes off, some, like first-time spectator Natalie Everitt, still found ways to have fun.

"We've only lived in Arizona for about six months," Everitt said. "So, this is our first experience with D-M, and it's been fun to be up close and personal with the planes."

Amber Sepulveda, another first-timer agreed with Everitt about getting to experience the base.

"I always drive past it to go somewhere else, but it's kind of different when you're actually inside," Sepulveda said. "You can see how big it actually is."

Sunday, Davis-Monthan will be opening its doors once again, starting at 9 a.m., weather permitting.

Organizers expect to have the Thunderbird's perform tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m.

Check our weather page for the latest updates on Sunday's forecast.

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