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Skyfest Coming To Fairchild

Ft Worth Star telegram Photo by Bob Cox

It will be an exciting time this Saturday at Fairchild Air Force Base, as the Skyfest airshow kicks off.

The event will feature numerous aircraft on display on the ground as well as in the air.

Among some of the highlights, a KC-135 low pass refueling demonstration, the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, and a demonstration team flying a high performance front line fighter aircraft.

Major Brian Sikkema is the air operations director for the event.

“The F-22 is coming. One will be flying and one as a dedicated spare in case there are any maintenance problems. The F-22 is the primary air superiority fighter. It’s a successor to the F-15 Eagle,” he said.

Also on hand are several old school, World War II ‘warbirds”.

“A Wildcat, a Hellcat and then the Dauntless, and both Mustangs will be flying with one on static display,” Sikkema said.

The gates will open at Fairchild at 9 am Saturday with the airshow flights beginning at 1 pm.

Officials say security is of the utmost concern, and attendees must consent to search of all bags and backpacks before entry.


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