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Behind the scenes of Skyfest prep

Both Fairchild and Spokane International Airport must maintain regular operations


August 3, 2017

The rigorous security that exists in order to find one’s way inside the gates of Fairchild Air Force Base gets a little makeover during events like last weekend’s Skyfest.

That’s not to say much changes below the surface when the very active military base opens the doors to the public.

“We’ve been preparing for six months, even longer than that to make sure we are ready,” Skyfest coordinator, Maj. Rich Hennies said.

Only certain areas of Fairchild are open during the show, which generally attracts an estimated 200,000 people over the two day run. The base was still analyzing num...

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