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Nellis Air Force Base prepares for 'Aviation Nation'
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LAS VEGAS -- The open house air show has returned to the valley and the flight line for Aviation Nation is ready to go.

The air show was cut last year due to national budget cuts, but now there are about 50 planes and fighter jets fueled up at Nellis Air Force Base.

“We're thrilled to be able to put it on again this year,” said Colonel Aaron Steffens, 57th Wing Vice Commander.

Watching planes roar high above her head, Tori Granec was one of the first people to get a sneak peek of Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base.

"I love watching all the planes. It's so neat and amazing how these huge things are up in the air and they do all of these different acrobatic maneuvers,” said Granec.

Officials say it takes a lot to put on a great show for the fans.

"There's a lot of work that goes behind the aircraft like making sure it's a safe and reliable aircraft,” said Master Sergeant Jason Kramer, F-22 Demonstration Team. “There are about eight mechanics behind the scenes and we normally bring four of them on the road."

Whether it's the F-22 or the F-16 Thunderbird, there's always an entire team checking mechanical parts and making sure they're all fueled up.

"You're looking at a fifth generation fighter with capabilities no other aircraft in the world has. We have superior maneuverability. We have integrated avionics. We have precision weapons engagement,” Master Sergeant Kramer said.

Leaders at Nellis Air Force Base said they're expecting a huge crowd.

"We're expecting upwards of 80,000 people a day,” Colonel Steffens said.

That number could be overwhelming for some spectators, but many say the large crowds won't keep them away.

"Anytime you can see airplanes flying -- it just makes your blood run hot,” said Charlie Perry, a spectator.

"Bring a chair, some sun block and just enjoy it and relax,” Granec said.

Attendees of the air show should also be advised that there are restrictions as to what you will be able to bring, including food and drinks. Also, no pets are allowed and make sure you give yourself extra time for parking. For the best places to park go here.

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