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Great New England Air & Space Show
July 14, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Bring on the 2018 Great New England Air & Space Show, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds last performed at Westover in 2008 and we absolutely cannot wait to see them again!
The gates will open early at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but the static displays don’t open until 9 a.m. and flying demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. Food, beverages and souvenirs will be available for purchase.
The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.
The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.
This year’s show will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Air Force Reserve and will also incorporate elements of space and cyberspace. The US Air Force operates the largest space program in the world.
Admission and parking are free!
GATES FOR AIR AND AND SPACE SHOW: Five gates will be open Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 July. Locations include: Westover Road (off Memorial Drive), Goodwin Street (in Chicopee), MacMillan Gate (in Granby off New Ludlow Road), a civilian airport gate (near Padgette Street in Chicopee), and the James Street Gate (off Memorial Drive at the circle by the Knights of Columbus meeting hall).
Our visitors are strongly encouraged to log in to this Facebook page for updates on traffic flow. They will be provided throughout the weekend. Thank you.
The Galaxy Community Council is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable corporation that supports the Great New England Air Show. It is responsible for raising funds to support the non-military participants, such as civilian aerobatic acts and vintage ‘war bird” aircraft at the air show.
The Galaxy Community Council is a private organization. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status.
For more information, visit www.galaxycouncil.com