Rockford AirFest Takes Flight

Those who headed to the Greater Rockford Airport tonight definately found themselves in an *air* raising experience. AirFest 2008 flipped into action tonight and a big crowd was on hand to see planes like the A-10 Thunderbolt, or "Warthog," glide about 75 feet above the ground before deciding to get a little higher to turn upside down.

When not looking up in the air future pilots like Owen Shevlin were having fun on the ground at the static display. Owen took the controls of a scaled down F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Owen and his dad Joe made the trip from Chicago for the first time and Joe says it definately won't be the last.

"We do the Chicago Air Show every year but this one is fantastic because you're up close to the planes. In Chicago you don't get to see the planes up close, you don't get to see the pilots," Joe said. "It's phenomenal to talk to these guys too. They're inspiring people. That's why i want to bring my kids around to see these guys in their uniforms, this is phenomenal."

Gates open tomorrow and Sunday at 9 a.m.. The show runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It's $15 a day for adults. $5 for ages 5 to 12, and free for under five. Saturday's show concludes with the headliner, the Airforce Thunderbirds.

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