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Rhode Island Air Show attracts thousands on Saturday

WJAR

A cool, cloudy start to the day gave way to warmer temps and blue sky for spectators taking in the sights and sounds of this year's Rhode Island Air National Guard Air Show and Open House.

Some, like Michelle White of Rehoboth have a favorite act.

"The first year I came to the airshow I saw the (U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B) Harrier and it so impressed me that's what brings me back every year, it really impressed me that much, that's why I keep coming back," said White who called it β€œan amazing display of technology and power.”

The performances are as varied as the crowd they draw, including a fan favorite act: plane versus Shockwave Jet Truck.

And as much as the acts bring many of the same spectators back year after year, they also welcome many newcomers into the crowd as well.

"This is my first time here, so I've seen it many times before (on television), but this is my first time actually here, boots on the ground," said Nate Holloway of Fall River.

In addition to the high flying performances, there are plenty of static displays on the ground that are especially fun for the kids.

"If you don't bring your family, you're missing out on a wonderful weekend," said James Myers of North Providence.

The air show continues Sunday at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the show starts at 10 a.m.

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