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Check out the wings coming to Pasco

There'll be some fancy snowbirds flying over Tri-City skies Sept. 24.

But these snowbirds don't have any feathers and they won't be flying south for the winter.

Canada's famous Snowbirds, part of the Canadian Air Force squadron, will headline the show.

The Snowbirds fly up to 412 knots, or 470 mph, and fly in formations with as little as 4 feet separating them. This will be the Snowbirds' first Tri-City visit.

Also performing air demonstrations in the show will be a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle demo team, A-10 Thunderbolt demonstration team, an A-1 Skyraider Heritage flight, along with other aerobatics performances and a static aircraft display.

Seating for the show, and the static display, will be at Bergstrom Aircraft, on the east side of the tarmac of the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.

There is limited parking at the Bergstrom Aircraft facility, so visitors are encouraged to park for free at the TRAC facility and hop the Ben Franklin Transit to the airport.

Departures are scheduled for 2 p.m., 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:45, 6:15 and 7. A round-trip ride costs $5.50.

Parking at Bergstrom is $10 per car. Admission to the air show is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for ages 17 and older. Seniors and kids ages 7-16 pay a flat rate of $10. Tickets are available at Bergstrom or Tri-City US Cellular locations.

The Wings over Washington Air Show is the first air show held at the Tri-Cities Airport in seven years. Those stopped after aerial performances over the Columbia River were integrated into Water Follies festivities.

The Bergstrom show won't replace the Water Follies air event, but the airport does plan to bring the air show tradition back to the Tri-Cities Airport, said air show director Malin Bergstrom.

Preceding the air show will be a salute to past and present military personnel as well as police, firefighters and EMS personnel. There also will be a parade of heroes, a nine-jet salute and a thundering display of Air Force patriotism, organizers said.

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