News>Aerial performers wow crowds as Air Show gets under way
Members of the 439th Airlift Wing and thousands of people from all around New England watch as the C-5 emerges from the clouds in an instrument-only approach to kick off the Great New England Air Show, Aug. 4. (U.S. Air Force Photo by SrA Alexander Brown)
by TSgt. Timm Huffman
439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
8/4/2012 - WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- The Great New England Air Show began with a C-5 breaking through the clouds in an instrument-only approach.
Low clouds resulted in about a 30-minute delay, but performers are now flying under blue skies. The day's events run until 4 p.m.
Thousands of spectators are in attendance for the 439th Airlift Wing's air show and have already seen demonstrations from a variety of performers, such as the Black Daggers parachute team, a MV-22 Osprey and acrobatic pilot Rob Holland and Michael Goulian.
In addition to the flying acts, air show attendees can get hands on with numerous static military aircraft and vehicle displays from all branches of the U.S. military. The National Aeronautic Space Administration even has a first-ever interactive display.
The theme for the 2012 air show is "A Salute to the Greatest Generation" and many World War II veterans have come out to enjoy the day of flying. In their honor, there are a number of heritage flying performances and static displays to educate younger generations on the sacrifices these veterans made.