A subsequent year found me on the other side of the Ohio River in Indiana so I could incorporate the beautiful Louisville skyline into the shots. I recommend getting set up pretty early as space is very limited on this side of the river.
I set up in a place called Falls of the Ohio State Park. Although the view is quite nice, this side of the river is lacking the ambiance of Louisville and I would recommend Louisville for your first time at Thunder.
This year the weather was absolutely miserable. The airshow was a photographer's nightmare, gray planes against a gray sky. However, the poor weather seemed to develop a certain sense of comradery amongst the revelers. Luckily, as a Michigander I am quite accustomed to severe shifts in temperatures in just a matter of hours, if not minutes and was well prepared to brave out the miserable day. Many times I toyed with the notion of crossing the river to the Louisville side where there were warm buildings to hide in. (Yes, Indiana does have several nice waterfront restaurants so if you plan very early you may be able to score a nice seat for the price)
Even with the weather, the day was fantastic and the night time show even moreso. Had I crossed the river I would have regretted not getting the perfect shots from this fantastic vantage point.