The Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA) is a year-long, fleetwide event and Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) will kick off its festivities Saturday.

Stennis, along with squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, will participate in this historic event.

“We are the oldest squadron in the Navy,” said Lt. Carson Miller of the VFA- 14 ‘Tophatters’. “We are all pretty excited to represent ourselves at CoNA with our jets and our team.”

The highlight of the celebration will be the Parade of Flight, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. More than 200 different Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aircraft, dating from pre-World War I to current Blue Angels F/A-18 jets, will perform aerial maneuvers over San DiegoBay.

“I’m really excited to see the air show,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman (AW) Andrea Coleman. “I’m anxious to see what kinds of tricks they’ll perform for the crowds.”

Sailors will be able to bring family members and friends aboard Stennis for a tour of the ship, but are required to wear NWUs while escorting guests.

“I’m going to try and bring my aunt aboard the ship,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Zachary Hickman. “She’s pretty proud of me and what I do.”

The celebration will also feature a display of more than 70 static aircraft on the ground, a classic car show, a Metal Mulisha Motorcycle Stunt Show and live entertainment throughout the day. Also, street performers will walk among the crowd between scheduled events.

NASNI will open gates to the public at 9 a.m. Admission and parking are free.