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AVIANO, Italy — The airfield that was the home of Italy’s first aviation school will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an air show this weekend.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected at La Comina — just north of Pordenone — which will host a series of aerial displays on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 230 aircraft from several countries are expected to participate in some fashion, including a Sunday flyover by a U.S. military KC-135 based at RAF Mildenhall, England.

Frecce Tricolori, Italian’s national air acrobatic team, is supposed to perform briefly at around 11 a.m. Saturday.

Visitors interested in going airborne themselves can take a hot-air balloon ride (80 euros for 30 minutes, 120 euros for an hour) or a helicopter ride (35 euros for 5 minutes).

Gates are to open at 8 a.m., with activities scheduled through at least 6 p.m. each day. Admission is 5 euros a person.

From staff reports

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