Great New England Airshow at Westover ARB

Every 2 years the Galaxy Community Council puts on an airshow. Every airshow it’s held at either Westover ARB in Chicopee, MA or at Barnes ANGB in Westfield, MA. Westover is home to the 439th Airlift Wing which comprises of the mighty C-5 transport aircraft. Barnes is home to the 104th Fighter Wing which is comprised of F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft.

This year August 4th and 5th, the event will be held at the home of the Patriot Wing, Westover ARB. Westover is the largest Air Force Reserve Base and is currently home to 16 C-5 aircraft. Gates will open at 8:30am each day. The ride to Westover is a long one, at just under two and a half hours from Londonderry. You will want to make sure you get there early as the lines get very long waiting for the gates to open.

The airshow plans on having over 60 aircraft at this show which is quite amazing since there is no major jet team involved this year. Instead we’ll have great demos from the F/A-18 Tac Demo, F-15′s from Barnes, C-5B , MV-22 Osprey, KC-10 Air Refueling aircraft, The Black Daggers Parachute TeamMichael Goulian, Rob Holland, The Iron Eagles and many more. The air show’s theme this year is “A Salute to the Greatest Generation.”

Vintage aircraft scheduled to be on display and in the air include:
C-47 Skytrain (one of the longest-serving military aircraft in the world, it was the workhorse of the D-Day invasion)
P-47 Thunderbolt (this renowned fighter was also assigned to Westover in the 1940s)
B-25 Mitchell (signature aircraft of the Doolittle Raid in 1942)
AC-47 Gunship (used during Vietnam War, it attacked enemy positions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail)

Modern military aircraft scheduled (these are subject to operational commitments at any time):
B-1 Lancer (Air Combat Command heavy bomber)
B-52 Stratofortress (assigned to Westover from 1956 to 1972)
KC-135 Stratotanker (also based here from 1957 to 1975)
F-15 Eagle (flown by the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield)
KC-10 Extender refueling tanker
C-17 Globemaster III
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter

In addition, aircraft scheduled to perform fly-bys include:
B-2 Spirit (stealth bomber) Saturday Only
F-15 Eagle (fighter)
US Navy F/A-18 fighter-bomber
US Marines MV-22 Osprey (vertical takeoff and landing troop transport)
Navy Legacy Flight (old and new aircraft flying in formation with F/A-18 and 2 F4U Corsairs)
C-5B Galaxy (heavy airlift)

And various small civilian acrobatic aircraft:
Geico Skytypers (six-ship formation of WW II-era aircraft)
Iron Eagles (two biplanes)
Mike Goulian
Rob Holland

Bring lots of sunscreen and a chair as it’s going to be a hot one this weekend. There will be food and drink vendors as well as merchants selling airshow and aviation gifts.

Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and 2 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 & balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view his outstanding images on his website http://www.petelanglois.net

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