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Final preparations underway for 2018 RI Air Show

Thousands of people are getting ready for the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show, which will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cote)

Thousands of people are getting ready for the 2018 Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show.

Organizers said last year they had as many as 80,000 fans come out over the course of two days and are expecting the same, if not more, this year.

Lots of regular acts and favorites plan to fly, but the Rhode Island National Guard said there will also be some new performances, as well, including Air Force F-35 fighter, which is the Air Force's newest fighter.

“We're going to honor the past, present, and future of aviation,’ USAF Staff Sgt. John Baker said.

Earlier this week, NBC 10's Lindsay Iadeluca flew with the Blue Angels and NBC 10’s Jared Pelletier went up with stunt pilot Sean D. Tucker, who after this season, isn't performing solo anymore.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is encouraging people heading to the Air Show to take the dedicated train service from either Providence, T.F. Green Airport or Wickford Junction to help with traffic and parking concerns.

A few things you're not allowed to bring into the Air Show in include backpacks, coolers, alcohol, or weapons, including pocket knives.

The gates open at Quonset Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

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