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US Airmen celebrate 100 years of aviation history in Dominican Republic

An F-15E Strike Eagle roars over the crowd during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

An F-15E Strike Eagle roars over the crowd during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Raul Yzaguirre (left) speaks with 1st Lt. Jenny Caden during a tour of Air Force aircraft supporting The Great Air Show on Mar. 27. Lieutenant Caden is a C-130J pilot with the Rhode Island Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Raul Yzaguirre (left) speaks with 1st Lt. Jenny Caden during a tour of Air Force aircraft supporting The Great Air Show on Mar. 27. Lieutenant Caden is a C-130J pilot with the Rhode Island Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Staff Sgt. Craig Wyman (left), F-15E Demo Team maintainer, greets Dominican Republic Air Force Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Israel Diaz during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Staff Sgt. Craig Wyman (left), F-15E Demo Team maintainer, greets Dominican Republic Air Force Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Israel Diaz during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Two A-10 Thunderbolts fly past the crowd during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Two A-10 Thunderbolts fly past the crowd during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez (left) greets Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez (left) greets Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Dominican Air Force Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Israel Diaz sits in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Dominican Air Force Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Israel Diaz sits in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle during The Great Air Show Mar. 26 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The F-15E demonstration team took center stage Mar. 26-27 during "The Great Air show" in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

More than 2.2 million people attended the show celebrating 100 years of aviation history in the country.

The F-15E Strike Eagles, from Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., performed a series of high-speed passes and aerial maneuvers 1,000 feet above the water near the beachfront of the city. Two A-10 Thunderbolts from the Missouri Air National Guard's 303rd Fighter Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew multiple passes in front of the crowd. An E-3 Sentry, Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) from Forward Operation Location Curacao in the Dutch Antilles, made a cameo appearance overhead as well. The U.S. Air Force crews participated alongside Dominican Air Force and civilian demonstration pilots.

Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, attended the two-day event. He was presented a plaque of appreciation by the Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez at show-center amidst a crowd of well-wishers and media outlets.

"The U.S. Air Force participation in this air show represents just one of the ways that we foster a positive relationship with the Dominican Republic and our fellow Airmen," General Spears said. "I was honored to be presented a gift by President Fernandez. I'd like to express my sincere thanks to him for inviting us to be part of the 100th anniversary of Dominican aviation history."

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