FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — The highly anticipated inaugural Lauderdale Air Show takes to the skies over South Florida this weekend. Thousands of people are expected to pack the sandy shores of Fort Lauderdale beach to watch the amazing aerial display take flight.

But CBS4’s Vanessa Borge got a special birds-eye view as she rode-along with a member of the elite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team, the headline act at this weekend’s Air Show.

She flew for an hour and experienced stomach-churning tricks and spectacular stunts that will be showcased during the show.

Watch here to see what it’s like to sit in the cockpit of a Thunderbird.

Click here for a Guide To The Lauderdale Air Show.