Cloudless blue skies stretched for miles above Fairchild Air Force Base Saturday as the return of SkyFest sent a cavalcade of biplanes, jets and tankers buzzing through the air.
Thunderbirds show featured for this weekend’s Skyfest 2017 at Fairchild Air Force Base.
The USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration squadron is returning to Fairchild Air Force Base in July for Skyfest 2017.
Federal budget cuts not only grounded the return of SkyFest in 2013, they also put the kibosh on what was to be Maj. Joshua Boudreaux’s first of two years with the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team. “Any pilot who’s grounded feels like a little part of them dies,” said Boudreaux at Fairchild Air Force Base on Thursday, standing in front of the F-16 jet he’ll fly this weekend during the return of Spokane’s once-annual air show.
As the woman in red tumbles through the sky in her aerobatic biplane, the smoke trail can barely keep up with the dizzying changes in altitude and rolls of her Pitts Special. And when she dived and climbed and rolled on Saturday, the terrain below pilot Jacquie “Jacquie Baby” Warda and her plane Red Eagle probably looked familiar. After all, Warda knows Spokane fairly well; she lives in San Francisco, but called Spokane home for 22 years. It’s where she learned to golf, ski and, more importantly, fly a plane, out at Felts Field.
As the woman in red tumbles through the sky in her aerobatic biplane, the smoke trail can barely keep up with the dizzying changes in altitude and rolls of her Pitts Special.