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July 27, 2017 at 12:07pm

Civil Air Patrol volunteers from across Washington work Skyfest 2017

A KC-135R Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Squadron. File photo

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Over 50 members of Civil Air Patrol from squadrons across Washington state are signed up to assist United States Air Force personnel with operations at the Fairchild AFB open house and air show known as Skyfest 2017, where the USAF Thunderbirds will headline the event. From Friday to Sunday, both cadet and senior members will be assisting airshow personnel with various operations duties. Local CAP units will also have aircraft on display, aerospace education materials for the public and staff a recruiting booth for those interested in learning more about Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.

In addition to the Thunderbirds, Skyfest will feature several military and civilian acts. Attractions will include aerial demonstrations, concessions and static aircraft displays.

"Our team is working hard to put together an amazing experience for the community," said Maj. Richard Hennies, Skyfest 2017 director. "We are excited to open Fairchild to the public again to showcase some of the great capabilities the Air Force has to offer."

CAP Washington wing commander Col. James P. Furlong added, "It's quite an honor to be able to support the U.S. Air Force each year at this event, and it's an absolute treat to watch the Thunderbirds!"

Firearms, weapons, fireworks, and drones will not be permitted into the event. Additionally, drugs of any kind, including marijuana, are not allowed on federal property.

"Everyone is encouraged to bring cameras to capture their experience and earplugs for watching the show," said Maj. Emily Kubusek, Skyfest 2017 air boss. "We are also encouraging participants to be prepared for the July heat by bringing water and sunscreen."

To ensure the safety of all in attendance, air show guests must consent to security searches and all backpacks and bags will be checked upon entry. Air show attendees are permitted to bring in coolers with food and nonalcoholic beverages.

"Attendees are encouraged to carpool due to limited parking." said Hennies. "We want to be able to facilitate as many people as possible to enjoy Skyfest 2017."

The last air show at Fairchild was in 2014 and had more than 200,000 guests in attendance.

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