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SkyFest 2024

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE - Thousands of aviation and military buffs turned out Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, for SkyFest 2024.

The airshow takes place every other year on the flightline of the base just, off U.S. Highway 2.

This year's show was dedicated to the A-10 Thunderbolt II - dugged the "Warthog" - as the Air Force retires the tank killer. The A-10 was piloted by Major Lindsay "Mad" Johnson.

Roger Harnack | Cheney Free Press

Major Lindsay "Mad" Johnson waves to airshow goers after her demonstration flight of an A-10 Thunderbolt II on its farewell tour.

There were numerous other aircraft in the air and on static display. Others included T6 Texans, KC-135, C-17, T-33 Shooting Star, a UH-1 Huey helicopter and more.

Firewalkers Pyrotechs also ignited ground explosions as Fear Boss Jon Melby flew over in a biplane, giving the crowd a dramatic finale to his performance. Melby was flying along with Bard Wursten in his MX2, a carbon-fiber performance aircraft weighting only 1,340 pounds.


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