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Despite Sequestration, Water Follies Air Show Goes On

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PASCO, Wash. - The Water Follies have been around for 48 years and there used to be a separate air show happening at the same time over in Pasco. However, around 10 years ago, they merged and now the two go hand in hand.

Thanks to federal sequestration air shows around the country were grounded buy staff, locally, aren't letting that get them down or the planes, either.

"We had to find something that was loud, that was fast, that was exciting, that was energetic. And our crowd likes loud, fast things. There's not doubt about it," said Air Show Director Scott Meyer.

You won't see F-16s or the F-22 Raptor this year, but what you will see won't disappoint.

"We have the Singing Tenor, we have a pair of christianson eagles, called the Red Eagles, we have some Historic Flight Foundation Aircraft that have never flown here before," Meyer said.

"I've heard about the pasco show for years, wanted to fly in it for quite a few years but schedules didn't line up and things didn't work out. But I was at a conference earlier this year, timing worked out, schedules worked out and I was able to bring the Alpha Jet One," said Pilot Mark Peterson.

A total of seven planes will perform during five different acts each day of the Water Follies.

"The boats are no doubt, the headline, but over the years, the air show has grown in importance, grown in size, grown in scope and you'll find that our parking lot fills up pretty good right before the air show," Meyer said.

You'll see a Bearcraft fighter, a Tigercat Tighter and in ironic twist a Spitfire. That plane has the same engine (a Rolls Royce Merlin) that was used in the early hydros. It packs a punch of 1,750 horsepower.

"I'm sure they did everything they could to get every horse power they could out of theirs when they were racing because of course, it's important to win, right," said Dan Blanchard of the Historic Flight Foundation.

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