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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass., during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. MIT is commemorating 100 years of aeronautics and astronautics research at the school with the three-day "AeroAstro Centennial Symposium." (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buzz Aldrin became the oldest person to fly with the Thunderbirds


Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin stole the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida on Sunday, becoming the oldest person fly with the world-renowned Thunderbirds.

In 1969 Aldrin, who is now 87 years old, piloted the Apollo 11 and followed Neil Armstrong to become the second man on the moon. 

He was prepped for Sunday's flight just before 10 a.m. ET. 

"Good to get back in the cockpit," Aldrin tweeted.  

Aldrin sported a "Get your ass to Mars!" t-shirt under his flight suit, according to USA Today.

The retired Air Force colonel was in the air for approximately 20 minutes and received a round of applause as he flew past the staging area.

Greg Donovan, executive director of Orlando-Melbourne International, told USA Today that "Thunderbirds typically fly upwards to 700 miles per hour and today was no exception."

Aldrin's flight comes as the Air Force celebrated its 70th year. 

Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

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