If you didn’t see it, surely you heard it roaring above the Lower Keys. 

But if you didn’t see it, you missed a true spectacle in the sky at the Southernmost Air Spectacular April 15 and 16 at Naval Air Station Key West.

In addition to the U.S. Navy’s elite Blue Angels precision flying team, (featuring its first female aviator, Lt. Amanda Lee), the weekend air show was packed with award-winning aerobatic pilots performing heart-stopping stunts. The crowds gasped in horror, disbelief, then relief as a plane seemed to fall from the sky and hurtle toward earth, before miraculously pulling out of the dive and sailing once again upward.

The show included tours of a behemoth U.S. Air Force plane as well as a dog-fighting demonstration by Key West’s resident adversary fighter squadron, VFC-111 SunDowners, composed of instructor pilots who play the bad guys in the sky while training other naval aviators in air-to-air combat.

But instead of taking up too much space describing the show, we at the Keys Weekly figured a picture is worth a thousand words. Enjoy the images by photographers Larry Blackburn and Mark Hedden.

Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.