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NEPA Air Show draws huge crowds on first day

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AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Whether you’re an aviation buff or just looking for something to do this weekend, there’s plenty of attractions to catch your interest at this year’s Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show.

It’s the air show’s first time back at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport after a 17-year absence.

Many brought their chairs out for the dozens of aircraft performers, who showed off their dazzling tricks.

While others took to the skies themselves, in helicopter rides offered to the public.

“Helicopter ride was fun. It went out, took a little loop, about a three-minute ride. Had a blast,” Joseph Fisher, of Pittston, said.

And of course people flocked to the static aircraft displays, getting a chance to take a closer look inside the planes and helicopters used by the military.

“I flew the Casey-135 for five years, really had a great time flying it. Good plane.”

Bob Roshak traveled nearly 200 miles from Forked River, NJ to check out the air show.

He’s an Air Force vet and was excited to get back inside the same kind of plane he used to fly and also see some others.

“One of my favorites was an Air Force airplane called the E4 which was a 747 – which is still flying today. It flies the Secretary of Defense around. And I got to fly that for seven years and I had a total of 43 years of flying experience and it was wonderful.”

Another veteran we spoke with was glad to be out seeing some of his favorite planes, but also the people who are now getting to see and appreciate the service members of the military put in.

“Its really nice to have all these folks here to see what our country is doing and how our military is. Because a lot of people – its been so far removed anymore from folks and to come here and see and support these people its really amazing.”

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