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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Base officials release air show attendance figures, but unofficial traffic counts are higher

Maxwell Air Force Base officials have released their attendance figures for the Thunder over Alabama air show.

The official numbers are 120,000 for the two day event that included the Air Force's Thunderbirds.

I've been told by other air show organizers that the traffic count was closer to 92,000 on Saturday and 41,000 on Sunday for a total of 134,000.

And those figures don't include those who walked on base or watched from off-base. Although, the traffic count figures also don't account for people who may have driven onto base to go to work or who live on base.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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