The Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show recently announced that the Black Diamond jet demonstration team has been formally added to its 2012 lineup. This year’s show will take to the skies at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease on June 30 and July 1, 2012 and will feature the United States Navy Blue Angels.
Formerly known as the Heavy Metal Jet Team, Black Diamond is one of the world’s only non-military jet demonstration teams. The team’s inaugural season was in 2011, which saw them become the most talked about performers on the air show circuit and a highly sought-after team for air shows in 2012. The 2011 team consisted of six L-39 Albatrosses and one MiG-17 painted in an arctic camouflage scheme.
Plans for 2012 include the addition of two new aircraft to the team. This will be the first seven-ship civilian jet team act in North America. The lineup will include five L-39 aircraft and two MiG-17 fighters. Black Diamond is known for their thrilling, tight formation flying and the aggressive solo aerobatics. All of the pilots are experienced air show pilots and several are former members of military jet demonstration teams.
The Black Diamond jet demonstration team joins not only the previously announced world-renowned United States Navy Blue Angels but also, air show legend Sean D. Tucker, aerobatic superstar Michael Goulian, U.S. Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights”, Wingwalker Jane Wicker and the KC-135 Stratotanker.
General admission for the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show is $25 for adults and $20 for youth. There is a $10 fee for parking. There are several premium seating options and private chalets that include VIP parking passes available for purchase in advance.
The Service Credit Union Boston – Portsmouth Air Show is being jointly produced by the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire. These two organizations, along with more than 30 other local not-for-profit groups, benefit from the show.
The Service Credit Union Boston – Portsmouth Air Show was reformed from the former Pease Air Show, which was historically a mid-tier air show held at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease and the New Hampshire ANG Base every other year. Since 2010, the Service Credit Union Boston – Portsmouth Air Show has been designed to be a large scale event. The event has been marketed regionally to an area including up to 4.5 million people.
In addition to being a first-class aviation event, The Service Credit Union Boston – Portsmouth Air Show supports two of New England’s finest community organizations. The Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America serves more than 13,000 youths annually. The Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire is a private, non-profit, family and consumer run organization representing more than 5,000 New Hampshire residents with acquired brain disorders and stroke.