There's a special celebration happening this weekend at the Long Beach Airport.

It's the annual Festival of Flight, but the celebration will be kicking off something bigger — the airport's 95th anniversary.

"This is such an exciting weekend because we have so much planned to celebrate 95 years,"  Cassie Chauvel, public affairs specialist at the Long Beach Airport, said. "We hope that even more people will stop by to celebrate with us this year."

Last year, more than 10,000 people attended the Festival of Flight throughout the day-long event, Chauvel said. This year, part of the event is going to focus on providing learning material for people who may be interested in pursuing a career in aviation.

"We're placing a lot of focus on educating people that may want to enter the aviation field," Chauvel said. "But also it's a great event for families and people looking to have fun and learn something new."

Educational resources will be onsite from DeVry University, Cal State Los Angeles and Cypress College, which all have large aviation programs. Unusual Attitudes Flying Club and the LGBTQ aviation community will have booths as well.

And the classic airplanes expected from the airport's annual Festival of Flight will be there for viewing.

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Guests wait in line to tour an Airbus during a previous Festival of Flight event.

Displays include a C-17 from March Air Force Base, a Gulfstream G650 jet and World War II era warbirds. Operators will be available to answer questions and direct tours.

Additionally, helicopter rides will be offered for $50 per person and plenty of food and beverages — including beer — will be available for purchase.

Music will be tuned up all day, with Long Beach favorite Knyght Ryder, as well as Satin Dollz and Long Beach City College's Jazz Combo.

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Planes line the runway at the Long Beach Airport during a previous Festival of Flight. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring water and stay hydrated, but coolers and pets — except service animals — will not be permitted. Additionally, all bags will be subject to search.

The annual Festival of Flight is happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Long Beach Airport at East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way.

Attendees can enter the event from the west end at East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way. Free parking is available.

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