The Festival of Flight celebration takes off in Long Beach on Saturday • the Hi-lo

The free festival has been popular since its inception in 2013, attracting up to 10,000 people to get close to retired airliners, military transport planes and fighter jets.

Marrisa Luce looking at an airplane engine during the Festival of Flight 95th Anniversary Celebration in Long Beach on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley.

Guests will be able to walk the tarmac to check out static displays of a variety of aircraft, as well as enjoy live music, food and beer trucks, kids’ activities, and helicopter rides for purchase.

Part of the festival will also feature aircraft landing and taxiing, including a Boeing 757, a Coast Guard C-27J, A-5 Amphibian IconNorth American T-6 and Stearman biplanes.

A word to the wise: wear closed shoes to the event and bring water. Service animals are allowed in the event, but pets are not.

A P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk taxi after landing for the Long Beach Airport Festival of Flight in Long Beach on Friday, November 5, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A limited number of parking spaces will be available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way, but customers are encouraged to use alternative means of transport such as cycling and carpooling. Bicycle parking will be available in the car park.

The festival, which is free, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 on Taxiway E, located at the west end of the airfield at 3590 E. Wardlow Road.

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