FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -

From the F-16 to the Thunderbirds, there's never a dull moment at SkyFest.

People of all ages came outdoors to enjoy everything the grand show has to offer.

The four and a half hour air show displayed different planes and their techniques.

As well as an appearance from the US Army Parachute Team, better known as the Golden Knights.

The popular show was supposed to happen last year, but Fairchild canceled the show after learning the famed Thunderbirds would not be making an appearance. because of the government sequester.

The task of putting on the Air Show is no easy feat. Not only is the show very expensive to put on it takes roughly 1,500 airmen to put on.  

Colonel Brian Newberry, commander of Fairchild Air Force Base, said it's an honor to do it.

"It allows us to tell our story. It's very important for us. In the old days we used to have air shows every couple of years to give back to the community, that gives so much back to us," said Col. Newberry.  

The appreciation doesn't end there. Attendees were quick to shake the hands, and take pictures with many of the airmen walking around on base.

"Pat these airmen on the back for defending freedom, 24-7-365," said Col. Newberry.

SkyFest continues  through June 1, 2014. For more information click here.