Auburn-Opelika Air Show held over the weekend

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - It has been over 25 years since The Auburn University Regional Airport hosted an air show and Saturday's event was expected to draw a crowd of over 10,000.

"Even if you don't consider yourself an airplane enthusiast, it's a ton of fun and I would like to tell everyone to come out," said Pam Powers-Smith, co-director of the Touch a Truck exhibit.

The event featured aerobatics and war birds, including a presentation from the Sky Soldiers of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

For a fee, visitors had the chance to take a ride of a lifetime in one of the historic aircrafts.

We had a chance to take one of these rides on Friday and preview the air show from hundreds of feet above.

"We bring the heritage of Army Aviation to the general public to give the public an opportunity, the only place in the world that I know of, that you can ride in the front seat of a true attack aircraft," explains Ronald D. Lewis of the Army Aviation Foundation.

The military was visibly absent from this air show because of the sequester, which has eliminated participation from all service branches.

"It was a community event that gave the people and the military a chance to get together and say thank you and because of the sequester quite a few of your shows have been canceled military wise," explains Patty Meek of the Army Aviation Foundation.

However, the estimated 10,000 people that will be in attendance Saturday is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy.

"It's a great economic boost for both cities because not only do you have pilots staying in town, but so many people travel her from around the area because this is the closest air show that you can get for a pretty good ways," says Powers.

Without a doubt this event will bring thrilling, world-class aviation entertainment and education to the Auburn-Opelika area.

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