After a nearly 2 year hiatus, due to Sequestration, the United States Navy’s premier jet aerobatics team The Blue Angels are back in New England. If you don’t remember they were last at the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Airshow in 2012.
This is the Blue Angels only New England performance this year. This is also the ONLY airshow in New England this year and it’s going to be a great one!
The 23rd anniversary event is held at Quonset State Airport (OQU) in North Kingstown RI on May 17th and 18th. The Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Airshow is the only place to be this weekend! The airshow is just a little over 2 hours from Londonderry and it will be well worth the drive. Gates open at 9AM and flying begins at 10AM both Saturday and Sunday. The show ends at approximately 4:30PM. Airshows are fun for the whole family but for little ones make sure you bring ear protection as some of the aircraft can be loud. The event is free and open to the public. There is a $10 voluntary donation collected at the entrance gates to support the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The show is packed with excitement and some ALL NEW acts this year! The Collings Foundation will be bringing their FM-2 Wildcat and their A-1E Sky Raider to the show.These fabulous warbirds from the WWII era will be flying for all to see. Julie Clark Airshows will be bringing the Juice Plus T-34 Mentor and the Bremont Horsemen Flight Team will be bringing their Bearcats to the skies over North Kingstown. There will be a Heritage Flight which will include a P-51D, an and the USAF’s premier fighter the F-22A Raptor.
An all new act the Jack Links Waco Bi-Plane makes it’s debut at the airshow this weekend. It is a Jet Powered Bi-Plane named Sasquatch!This will be a real treat to see as Lt Col. John Klatt will be flying this unique plane. Lt Col Klatt will also be piloting his MXS in an aerobatic show you won’t soon forget. Rob Holland will also be taking the skies in his MXS. Rob really can rip up the skies with his exhilarating performances. You can expect to see Sean D Tucker flying the Oracle Challenger III over Quonset Point. Sean is a New England airshow staple. One of his signature moves is the Triple Ribbon Cut which he slices through 3 ribbons in 3 different orientations with his aircraft 20’ off the ground at over 200 MPH!
The Geico Skytypers Airshow Team will be flying their six vintage WWII era aircraft and performing precision maneuvers which will blow you away. The sound of the six North American SNJ-2’s, the Navy’s version of the T-6 Texan, flying overhead will give you goosebumps as their massive radial engines come to life.
The United States Marines will be bringing their VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft, the V-22 Osprey, to the show. It will dazzle you as it takes off like a helicopter and then flies like a plane. The only propeller driven aircraft which can do this in the United States military. You won’t want to miss this one!
It will be time for some jet noise when the United States Air Force brings their current air superiority fighter the F-22A Raptor to the skies and it will dazzle you! From it’s takeoff to vertical climbing rates it is the best fighter aircraft in the skies today. You will witness why the USAF reigns supreme in the skies today.
To cap off a great day of flying the USN Blue Angels will show you why they are the nations premiere precision jet aerobatic team. Four USN F/A-18C’s will take off in unison and be in formation before the end of the runway. The two opposing solos will then take off from the opposite end of the runway and begin their part of the show. I can’t explain to you how great it feels to be this close to airshow season here in New England. It is a short one this year but you do not want to miss it!
In addition to all the flying acts there will be static aircraft from the Massachusetts Air National Guard with their F-15 Eagles. The USAF will be bringing a C-5 Galaxy from Westover, MA as well. Other military aircraft will include KC-135R from our very own 157th Air Refueling Wing based out of Pease, C-130, F-14 Tomcat, Cobra, F-4 Phantom, and various aircraft from the Quonset Air Museum.
For more information about the RI ANG Open House and Airshow and directions to the airshow please visit their website.
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The full list of performers and their respective website links can be found here.
About Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete’s day job is in information technology 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 and purchase his outstanding images on his website.