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Thunder Over Cedar Creek brings “fourth” joy

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Residents of Cedar Creek Lake celebrated their July 4 holiday with another terrific air show from multiple military aircraft Saturday night.
The 15th Annual Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake air show, hosted by the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation (CCVF) at the Pinnacle Club in Mabank celebrated a year that has been shrouded by the COVID-19 pandemic. The show allowed people to celebrate with their family and friends safely while enjoying a thrilling show that benefits East Texas veterans.
In addition to the military aircraft, Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show included 29 additional Warbirds including two MiG-17 jets, the B-17 Texas Raiders Flying Fortress, the Marine Corp B-25 gun ship Devil Dog, the only SB2C “Helldiver” dive bomber in the world, the 1954 Grumman Albatross ZEUS and many others.
This year’s air show was capped off by a performance from Randy Ball, flying his MiG 17 with full afterburners at twilight for the many spectators across the Cedar Creek Lake area. Fans were also in for a treat with a night light show by Matt Younkin in his Beech 18 as he performed his aerobic flight routine. The lineup also included a C-17, an A-10 “Warthog” and an F-16 Fighter Jet.
KCKL radio (95.9 FM) provided the live broadcast July 4, complete with commentary on the background and history of all the planes involved in the show.
The air show is the largest of the three fundraisers hosted by the CCVF that aids East Texas veterans, having raised nearly $300,000 for veterans’ charities since its inception.