Pilots with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds visit La Crosse

The team will be part of this year's Deke Slayton Airfest

Pilots with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were in La Crosse Thursday.

The headliner for this year’s Deke Slayton Airfest gave people a glimpse of what to expect come on August 8 and 9.

There will be six F-16’s taking off, reaching speeds of up to 500 miles per hour. It takes a lot of practice and more than 50 crew members to make the show possible.

“It’s not just bringing six aircraft out and six pilots and putting on a wonderful airshow. It involves rigorous training 365 days out of the year, but it also involves a ton of ground personnel that can support the aircraft and the pilots,” said Maj. Scott Petz.

The Thunderbirds last performed in La Crosse about 10 years ago.