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In this Feb. 27, 2017, photo, an F/A-18F Super Hornet from China Lake VX-9 Vampire squadron flies through the nicknamed Star Wars Canyon in Death Valley National Park, Calif. Military jets roaring over national parks have long drawn complaints from hikers and campers. But in California's Death Valley, the low-flying combat aircraft skillfully zipping between the craggy landscape has become a popular attraction in the 3.3 million acre park in the Mojave Desert, 260 miles east of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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AP PHOTOS: Jet pilots put on thrilling show at remote canyon

In this Feb. 27, 2017, photo, an F/A-18F Super Hornet from China Lake VX-9 Vampire squadron flies through the nicknamed Star Wars Canyon in Death Valley National Park, Calif. Military jets roaring over national parks have long drawn complaints from hikers and campers. But in California's Death Valley, the low-flying combat aircraft skillfully zipping between the craggy landscape has become a popular attraction in the 3.3 million acre park in the Mojave Desert, 260 miles east of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Inside California’s Death Valley National Park is a narrow gorge nicknamed Star Wars Canyon where military pilots train and test jets — and put on a thrilling show.

Photographers and aviation enthusiasts travel from around the globe to stand on the rim of the deep, craggy canyon and watch the aircraft streak through the passage below.

The gorge got its nickname from its rocky, colorful landscape, which resembles a planet featured in some of the “Star Wars” movies. Some scenes from the first “Star Wars” film, released in 1977, were shot in a different part of Death Valley National Park.

The park is a four-hour drive from Los Angeles. Lately it has been drawing fans celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

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