ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - There's nothing quite like the roar of a war bird.
"I love to hear that engine," said Lufkin resident Howard McGill.
For the first time in more than three decades, warplanes from all over the country filled the skies above the Angelina County Airport.
"It's great, Angelina County needs this," said Central resident Mike Thigpen. "This is a great airport and it's fun."
Pilots performed to a packed house. In fact so many people showed up, there was a line of traffic two miles down Highway 59 just to get in.
"I've never seen so many people, there must have been thousands of people here," McGill said.
Some came out to spend quality time with loved ones.
"I just brought my grandson out," Thigpen said. "He wanted to come out, he's never been to an air show."
It was great just spending time with him and watching the airplanes" said Thigpen's grandson Karson Anthony.
While it was about revisiting the past for others.
"Well I spent four years in the Air Force," McGill said/
Regardless of the reason why they attended, everyone was impressed with the show.
"I love how they do cool tricks and spin around," Anthony said.
"My favorite is the B-17 and the Course Airs," Mcgill said.
"I think it's great, compared to other air shows, it's right up there," Thigpen said.
Everyone hopes Angelina County will bring back this once-annual event.
"I hope they have them every year," McGill said.
"If you're not here, you're missing something," Thigpen said.
All of the proceeds from the AirFest will go towards Angelina Trinity Toys for Tots.