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Preparation underway for Airfest

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2015 Deke Slayton Airfest this summer.

Airfest is typically held in May or June, but the show will be in August this year to accommodate the Thunderbirds' schedule. The Thunderbirds haven't been in La Crosse in ten years.

It's the speed and the sound of jets flying through the air that can make a grownup feel like a kid again. "It happens every time that plane rushes through. I'm getting goose bumps just talking about it," said this year's Airfest Director Bruce Mathew.

Major Scott Petz from the Thunderbirds is in La Crosse to help plan the event. He said most people don't realize how much time goes into it.

"It takes 50 to 60 personnel on site to put this show together."

To fly the Thunderbirds need at least 2 miles of empty skies and complete order on the ground. "You're going to see the six jets flying 500 mph doing opposing passes," said Petz.

Bruce William says if you've never been to a show you don't know what you're missing. "I think they're going to be impressed. They put on a very exciting show. There is a lot of action."

They are scheduled to perform in La Crosse on August 8th and 9th.

For more information on Airfest, click here.

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