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The team behind the 'Wall of Fire'

A "Wall of Fire" explodes at the end of the 388th Fighter Wing's F-35A attack demonstration during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Tiffany Hughes)

A "Wall of Fire" explodes at the end of the 388th Fighter Wing's F-35A attack demonstration during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Tiffany Hughes)

A four-ship of F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Wing fly above the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jets were part of an F-35 attack demonstration June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

A four-ship of F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Wing fly above the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jets were part of an F-35 attack demonstration June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Stacey Matthews and Joey Elliot, Firewalkers International Pyro, work with explosives on June 20, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The Firewalkers team provide the explosions that accompanied some of the aircraft demonstrations during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show on June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Stacey Matthews and Joey Elliot, Firewalkers International Pyro, work with explosives on June 20, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The Firewalkers team provide the explosions that accompanied some of the aircraft demonstrations during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show on June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A Lightning II from the 388th Fighter Wing flies above the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jet was one of four that were part of an F-35 attack demonstration June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

An F-35A Lightning II from the 388th Fighter Wing flies above the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jet was one of four that were part of an F-35 attack demonstration June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joey Elliot, Firewalkers International Pyro, works with explosives June 20, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Elliot and a team from the Firewalkers provided the explosions that accompanied some of the aircraft demonstrations during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show on June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Joey Elliot, Firewalkers International Pyro, works with explosives June 20, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Elliot and a team from the Firewalkers provided the explosions that accompanied some of the aircraft demonstrations during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show on June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-35A from the 388th Fighter Wing flies above the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 24, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jet was one of four that took part in an F-35 attack demonstration during the Hill Air Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

An F-35A from the 388th Fighter Wing flies above the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 24, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jet was one of four that took part in an F-35 attack demonstration during the Hill Air Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

A four-ship of F-35As from the 388th Fighter Wing fly over the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show Juen 24, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jets took part in an F-35 attack demonstration at the Hill Air Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

A four-ship of F-35As from the 388th Fighter Wing fly over the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show Juen 24, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The jets took part in an F-35 attack demonstration at the Hill Air Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

A "Wall of Fire" explodes during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The explosion was set up and detonated by Firewalkers International Pyro and was the finale to the F-35A attack demonstration at the Hill Air Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

A "Wall of Fire" explodes during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The explosion was set up and detonated by Firewalkers International Pyro and was the finale to the F-35A attack demonstration at the Hill Air Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

The team from Firewalkers International Pyro pose for a photo June 20, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The team provided the pyrotechnics during the 388th Fighter Wing's F-35A attack demonstration during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

The team from Firewalkers International Pyro pose for a photo June 20, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The team provided the pyrotechnics during the 388th Fighter Wing's F-35A attack demonstration during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23-24. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- “An air show without pyro is just another fly in,” read the backs of their bright orange T-shirts.

An eight-member team from Firewalkers International Pyro supported the 388th Fighter Wing’s F-35A Lightning II attack demonstrations and other performers with pyrotechnics during this year’s Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show June 23-24 here.

“It’s a passion, we get to travel all over the world, meet greet people and blow stuff up,” said Rick Myers, company owner and retired Air Force weapons safety.

The team has supported previous Hill Air Shows. This year, the team supported a four-ship of F-35s, as well as the P-51 Mustang and Alpha Jet aerial performances. Using modified mining grade explosives, gasoline and fireworks for sound effects, the pyro team simulated strafing and bombing runs for each of the aircraft.

A combination of science and art goes into each of the shows the Firewalkers support all over the world. The team uses modified explosives to produce a “Hollywood effect” that doesn’t produce fragments, throw debris, is safe for people to view, and safe for the pilots performing.

During the each of the teams’ shows, aircraft are maneuvered much the same way they would be in a combat situation. Myers said it’s the job of the pyro team to use their knowledge and experience of working with these aircraft to time the explosions to make them look real.

The biggest explosion the team created during the Hill Air Show was known as the “wall of fire.” It was part of the F-35A demonstration finale and required about 1,000 feet of detonation cord and 500 gallons of gasoline.

At the end of the F-35 performance, the four-ship F-35s flew north to south and just before reaching show center, Myers and his team set off a mesmerizing explosion simulating the jets dropping bombs and drawing “oohs and ahhs” from the show-goers.

“You can hire a jet team for aerobatics, but when people see the wall of fire they’re ‘blown away,’ because it’s just not something you see every day,” said Tom Farrankop, a Firewalkers team member.