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Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show returns after 17-year hiatus

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On Friday, workers made last preparations and pilots practiced one last time before the Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show this weekend.

It was clear everyone who got a front row seat to the practice show was excited about the air show returning to our area.

"The 17-year hiatus is over! The excitement is back,” Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O’Malley said.

Greg Greco travels around the country selling merchandise at air shows.

He recently bought the company, so this is his first time at the air show.

"So far today, for not having a jet team here like the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds, I actually said to my business partner how impressed I was of, you know, just the aircrafts that we are seeing,” Greco said.

“We're seeing a lot of like speed pass drive-by’s where you see the plane then three seconds later you hear the plane,” Greco continued.

A group of friends from Dunmore weren't even alive the last time the air show was in town.

"It's absolutely incredible! It's a great chance for the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania to come out and see this,” Noah Dougherty, of Dunmore, said.

"There's a lot of planes like they're doing crazy tricks on the planes and it's so cool,” his friend Will Bonin said.

In addition to watching the planes up in the sky, visitors can actually tour and even touch military planes on site.

There's also adult beverages for those of age, ice cream for the younger ones, and plenty of food for everyone.

One pilot from Texas has been flying for 27 years and says he's extremely excited to be at the first show in nearly 20 two decades.

He'll be showing off a Russian fighter this weekend.

"It's the only one of its type flying in the world and is a first place winner from Osh Kosh for its restoration,” pilot Randy Ball said.

“We only do a couple of shows with it a year, and we picked this one as being one of the shows to show it off."

Some of the other weekend performances include the U-S Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team, and the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

For more information on air show times, click here.

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