SUMTER - The blue sky, with its lazy cotton-candy clouds, was peaceful until a thunderous crackle that sounded like it was miles away. Like any early storm warning, the noise interrupted the silence of a post-lunch daydream.
Then ... whoosh.
The United States Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, commonly referred to as The Thunderbirds, was sight-surveying the airspace around Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter on Thursday afternoon, causing a ruckus in the sky.
The whoosh is kind of like listening to, say, a vacuum cleaner mixed with a car wash at full volume with high fidelity headphones. It is loud.
If you're going to ShawFest, the open house and air show Saturday and Sunday, bring ear plugs.