Photos: 2014 Arctic Thunder preview

View of Merrill Field Airport from high above in an AT-6 Harvard Mk IV on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Jeff Sever pilots a North American AT-6 Texan, a WWII advanced trainer, over Eagle River valley on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder presented by the Alaska Air Show Association on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Pilot Kevin Sutterfield does an interview from the cockpit of an AT-6 Harvard Mk IV parked at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Civilian-owned WWII era aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder presented by the Alaska Air Show Association on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Jeff Sever pilots a North American AT-6 Texan, a WWII advanced trainer, near the wing of an AT-6 Harvard Mk IV over the Chugach Mountains on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Pilot Kevin Sutterfield prepare for takeoff in an AT-6 Harvard Mk IV at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Pilot Jeff Sever rolls an North American AT-6 Texan onto the runway at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Jeff Sever pilots a North American AT-6 Texan, a WWII advanced trainer over Anchorage on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Jeff Sever pilots a North American AT-6 Texan, a WWII advanced trainer, over Eagle River valley on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Jeff Sever pilots a North American AT-6 Texan, a WWII advanced trainer, past JBER on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Aircraft from Wings of Freedom and the Commemorative Air Force will perform at the 2014 Arctic Thunder on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend.
Bill Roth
Bill Roth

Aerial views of Anchorage area on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from World War II-era aircraft that will perform at Arctic Thunder air show this weekend.