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HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- The Thunderbirds, U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, fly their world famous four-ship diamond formation over the Grumman GSA-16A "Albatross" amphibian over Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, during the "Wings Over the Pacific," Open House Sept. 20. The Billabong Clipper is a refitted 50-year-old military seaplane with the latest in high-tech gear for the world's top surfers to seek out and ride the planets toughest waves. The Thunderbirds demonstrate the capabilities the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing combat maneuvers during their aerial demonstration. This is Hickam's first open house since 2003, and a crowd of nearly 100,000 paid a visit during the weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares)

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