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2021 Thunder Over Louisville recap and finale

The event was televised on WHAS11 News and included the air show and the fireworks with a soundtrack that featured messages of hope.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For many, the return of Thunder Over Louisville added a sense of normalcy. The event was televised on WHAS11 News and included the air show and the fireworks with a soundtrack that featured messages of hope, the Kentucky Derby Festival said.

The two-hour air show included Fort Knox helicopters. The Army base hasn't participated in the air show for at least a couple of years.

WHAS1l's Doug Proffitt and Hayley Minogue kicked things off with live coverage of the air show at Bowman Field. They were joined by aviation expert Brigadier General Rob Givens.

For the nighttime air show and main event--the fireworks, Doug Proffitt along with Wake Up anchor Kristin Pierce were your main anchors to wrap up a full day of exciting events. 

Timeline blog of 2021 Thunder Over Louisville:

10 p.m. That's all, folks! Thunder Over Louisville 2021 has ended. What did you think of the show? Text your Thunder photos to (502) 582-7290 or use #ThunderOn11 on Twitter.

Miss the finale? Here's some of the fireworks without the music or watch it in the player above:

9:45 p.m. Thunder Over Louisville's fireworks show, the first from three separate locations across the viewing area, starts.

9:30 p.m. The first drone show in Thunder Over Louisville history starts.

9:20 p.m. Matt Younkin takes to the skies for the second time for his night air show live from Bowman field.

9 p.m. Our fireworks preshow has started live on WHAS11. Crews are giving a preview of tonight's fireworks ahead of the show at 9:45 p.m.

6 p.m. Thunder Over Louisville Air Show ends. Next up, fireworks show around 9:40 p.m. in three locations around Louisville.

5-6 p.m.

UPS all-Black crew makes Thunder Over Louisville history flying 767

Cary Venden, the man who trained the late pilot Lee Leet to fly the Tucano, is honoring Leet by participating in Thunder Over Louisville.

RELATED: Tucano to take flight during Thunder Over Louisville in honor of pilot Lee Leet

Scot Ames Jr. was killed February 19 during a training flight with a student when his T-38 Talon trainer jet crashed in Alabama. This crew flew in honor of Ames.

RELATED: Fallen Southern Indiana Air Force pilot to be honored in Thunder Over Louisville

Taylorcraft performs maneuvers 

P-51 REDTAIL  flies in honor of Tuskegee Airmen

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III soars above Louisville

4-5 p.m. 

Pilot Matt Younkin hits the skies in WWII era Twin Beech 18

RELATED: Thunder Over Louisville pilot honors family members killed during airshow performance

UH-60 Blackhawks fly over Louisville

TBM Avenger hits the sky 

4 p.m. Thunder Over Louisville Air Show starts.

Members of the Air National Guard performed a  HALO jump out of a C130 during the singing of the National Anthem at the Thunder Over Louisville Air Show.

3 p.m. WHAS11 live coverage of the Thunder Over Louisville Air Show kicks off.

The air show will begin at 4 p.m. The best way to watch is by tuning into WHAS11 News.

Here are some of the aircraft you can expect to see during today's event:

  • UH-60 BLACKHAWK 
  • TBM(F) AVENGER 
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III 
  • P-51 REDTAIL 
  • C-130H 
  • P-51 Swamp Fox 
  • MD Helicopters MD 500 (LMPD)
  • KC-135 Stratotanker 
  • T-6 Texan II 
  • T-38 Talon 
  • AirBus EC-135 (Norton Helicopter)
  • Super Tucano
  • CH-47 Chinook 
  • UPS 767 
  • AH-64 APACHE 

How are you watching Thunder Over Louisville this year? Send us your photos by texting (502) 582-7290 or use #ThunderOn11 on Twitter.

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