Pilots and planes arrive for Offutt air show

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Excitement levels are soaring as the Offutt Defenders of Freedom Air and Space show makes its return this weekend.

After a two-year hiatus, the air show returns to Bellevue Saturday and Sunday.

One of the show's main attractions arrived on Thursday with the Air Force's top fighter jets, the F35 and F22 fighter jets.

The fifth-generation fighters will be on display and showcased in the show.

"It's the most advanced fighter jet on the planet. It's a stealth fighter jet so it's going to delay detection from the enemy," said Captain Andrew "Dojo" Olson.

Pilots said that you'll never see the F35 or F22 again. The air show is as close as you can get.

Kent Pietsch is another pilot who will be performing this weekend. His act is a little bit different from the fighter jets.

"I fly three different acts, a comedy act, and I drop parts off the airplane," Pietsch said. "it's a major flight control that falls off. it makes the airplane turn, so I'm flying with one of them, then I drop the tires and I act like I don't know what I'm doing."

Taking to the skies isn't the only things the servicemen and women are doing while in the metro. On Thursday, members of the F35 and F22 flight teams visited Bellevue middle schools to talk with students.

"That is why we come. Showing off the airplane is just one thing. It's the easy part, but everyone out here on the team, or job is to interact with the crowd, talk to people and inspire them to live their best life," Olson said.

The shows are free and open to the public. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day and the show goes until 5 p.m.