COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Thousands watched Wednesday’s Thunderbirds performance – but not everyone got to do it from inside Falcon Stadium.
Parking lots across northern Colorado Springs worked just fine for those who didn’t have tickets to the Air Force Academy graduation – and the big show by the Thunderbirds.
"I think they’re a national treasure, i cannot envision a year when i will not come out here and do this," said longtime Thunderbirds fan Todd Caudle, who watched Wednesday's performance from The Colorado Brewery parking lot off of Interquest Parkway.
Many used the occasion to kick back, put their feet up and watch the show. Others got in on the action by calling play by play.
"Opposing solo coming in from the south and one from the north and this should be knife edge pass. They’re both going to turn belly to belly as they pass over center stage!" said Steve Glaza, who's seen the Thunderbirds more than 50 times in his life.
"First time I was a little kid. My dad is actually an air force academy graduate so I’ve been watching them since i was a little kid," Glaza said.
The people who watched from parking lots treated it like a backyard bbq, complete with food, lawn chairs and their own shade.