Politics The Air Force honored the victims of the Las Vegas shooting in a high-flying air show

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The annual Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base showcased the close ties to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Airmen assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and students attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas carry a 100-yards-wide American flag at Sam Boyd Stadium at UNLV Oct. 7, 2017. play

Airmen assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and students attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas carry a 100-yards-wide American flag at Sam Boyd Stadium at UNLV Oct. 7, 2017.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Last weekend saw the annual Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo at Nellis Air Force Base.

Located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, Nellis has close ties to its neighboring city. Following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas in October, last weekend's air show commemorated and honored the city and the shooting's victims.

The show also featured US Air Force history, as the Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary. About 400,000 people were expected to visit the two-day expo.

"This is freaking awesome. It really shakes you in your boots," one observer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It is rare that you get to see this stuff."

Here's what it was like inside the Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo:

Nellis servicemen customized several aircraft, including this F-16 Fighting Falcon, to display the base's Vegas Strong message.

Nellis servicemen customized several aircraft, including this F-16 Fighting Falcon, to display the base's Vegas Strong message. play

Nellis servicemen customized several aircraft, including this F-16 Fighting Falcon, to display the base's Vegas Strong message.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)


This F-15C Eagle was painted to commemorate the shooting, which took place at a country music festival on October 1.

This F-15C Eagle was painted to commemorate the shooting, which took place at a country music festival on October 1. play

This F-15C Eagle was painted to commemorate the shooting, which took place at a country music festival on October 1.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)


Here's more detail on the tail.

Here's more detail on the tail. play

Here's more detail on the tail.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)


The aircraft had to be completely repainted in some cases.

The aircraft had to be completely repainted in some cases. play

The aircraft had to be completely repainted in some cases.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)


Here's the final product on another F-15C Eagle.

Here's the final product on another F-15C Eagle. play

Here's the final product on another F-15C Eagle.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)


Here's what they normally look like, without the paint job.

Here's what they normally look like, without the paint job. play

Here's what they normally look like, without the paint job.

(REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)


Aside from the memorials to the Las Vegas shooting, the Air and Space Expo had some of the best features of a traditional air show. Spectators were treated to a show from the Air Force Thunderbirds.

Aside from the memorials to the Las Vegas shooting, the Air and Space Expo had some of the best features of a traditional air show. Spectators were treated to a show from the Air Force Thunderbirds. play

Aside from the memorials to the Las Vegas shooting, the Air and Space Expo had some of the best features of a traditional air show. Spectators were treated to a show from the Air Force Thunderbirds.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)


The opening ceremony featured members of the Air Force's Wing of Blue Parachute Team jumping out of aircrafts.

The opening ceremony featured members of the Air Force's Wing of Blue Parachute Team jumping out of aircrafts. play

The opening ceremony featured members of the Air Force's Wing of Blue Parachute Team jumping out of aircrafts.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)


Here's what it looks like when they land.

Here's what it looks like when they land. play

Here's what it looks like when they land.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)


Aviation Nation also celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force, showcasing older aircraft such as the B-25 Mitchell.

Aviation Nation also celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force, showcasing older aircraft such as the B-25 Mitchell. play

Aviation Nation also celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the US Air Force, showcasing older aircraft such as the B-25 Mitchell.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Dwayne Jones)


The Texas Flying Legends flew in formation, showing off some WWII-era aircrafts.

The Texas Flying Legends flew in formation, showing off some WWII-era aircrafts. play

The Texas Flying Legends flew in formation, showing off some WWII-era aircrafts.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)


Also on site was a U-2S Dragon Lady.

Also on site was a U-2S Dragon Lady. play

Also on site was a U-2S Dragon Lady.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver)


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