This weekend June 16th and 17th if you’re looking for something to do you can take a ride down to Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island for the annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Airshow. The featured performers this year are the United States Air Force Thunderbirds flying their F-16 Falcons. The USAF’s premiere jet team will dazzle you with their aerobatics, precision formation flying and flat out speed.
Other acts not to miss are New England’s own Michael Goulian, Lt. Col. John Klatt, Sean D Tucker, the Air National Guard Jet Truck, Pietsch Air Shows and their Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet, USASOC Black Daggers parachute team, Combined Arms demo with Pyrotechnics from Rich’s Incredible Pyro, the Geico Skytypers & C-130J Super Hercules. Warbirds are represented as well with the North American P-51 Mustang “Never Miss”, A-1 Skyraider, and the F-4U Corsair.
There are many static aircraft on display including; a C-5 Galaxy from the Patriot Air Wing located in Westover, MA, 2 F-18 Super Hornets, A-6 Intruder, KC-135, many aircraft from the Quonset Air Museum including their F-14 Tomcat from the Grim Reapers and many more.
Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and a comfy camp chair. Conditions were great today with lots of sunshine and a nice breeze. Conditions should remain the same for the entire weekend. So come down and support your men and women of the US armed forces and watch an incredible show.
This airshow is put on by the US Government so there is no gate charge. There is however a $10.00 parking donation requested which goes to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital, but it is purely voluntary. Gates open at 9:00AM and flying begins at 10:00AM on both Saturday and Sunday. I would suggest getting there as early as you can. The trip is roughly 2 hours from Exit 4.
Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete works in the information technology banking sector as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view his outstanding images on his website.