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Visitors line up to view the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle on Saturday, May 20, 2006, during an Armed Forces Day air show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii.  The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Visitors line up to view the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle on Saturday, May 20, 2006, during an Armed Forces Day air show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii. The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

A C-17 Globemaster III was one of several aircraft visitors had the opportunity to see on Saturday, May 20, 2006 during an Armed Forces Day air show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii.  The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

A C-17 Globemaster III was one of several aircraft visitors had the opportunity to see on Saturday, May 20, 2006 during an Armed Forces Day air show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii. The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Visitors have the opportunity to see Air Force aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III on Saturday, May 20, 2006, during an Armed Forces Day air show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii.  The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Visitors have the opportunity to see Air Force aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III on Saturday, May 20, 2006, during an Armed Forces Day air show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii. The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

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An aerial view of Armed Force Day Hilo Air Show at Hilo International Airport Hilo, Hawaii May 20, 2006, The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the air show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

060520-F-2034C-008 An aerial view of Armed Force Day Hilo Air Show at Hilo International Airport Hilo, Hawaii May 20, 2006, The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the air show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

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Visitors walks past an F-15 Eagle and a KC-135 Extender on static display May 20, 2006 during the Hilo Air Show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii. The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the Armed Force Day air show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

060520-F-2034C-026 Visitors walks past an F-15 Eagle and a KC-135 Extender on static display May 20, 2006 during the Hilo Air Show at Hilo International Airport, Hawaii. The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted the Armed Force Day air show to give the public a chance to view various aircraft stationed in Hawaii and to generate public interest in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

HILO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Hawaii -- The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted an air show here to give the public an up-close look at various aircraft stationed in Hawaii for Armed Forces Day.

“Armed Forces Day is a special day,” said Master Sgt. Bruce Hara, Hilo Air Show Coordinator. “It affords us the chance to bring out aircraft that Hilo would never have the opportunity to see,” he said.

Because of the recent arrival of the C-17 Globemaster III to the state, the disaster relief efforts on the island of Kauai and in the Philippines, Hickam and has been in the news regularly. There is a little envy from the outer islands that Oahu gets to view the aircraft and they do not.

By sheer size the C-17, stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, dwarfed all the other aircraft and became one of the main attractions for the crowd.

“I was in the Marines and rode in some of these aircraft but that always gets you—the size of it,” said Billy McCane, an air show visitor.

A half hour after opening to the public, more than three hundred visitors had passed through the gates to view aircraft such as the C-17, KC-135 Extender and F-15 Eagle. Aircrews and maintenance personnel for the aircraft were on hand to interface with the public and to answer any questions about the aircraft.

The Army, Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol also brought in aircraft for the public air show to put on static display.

“There is a lot of energy and a lot of excitement about the equipment and the people who are a part of the air show,” said MSgt Hara.


“We hope this will an annual event that will grow and grow; get more aircraft and generate more interest in the community,” said MSgt. Hara.