By 439 Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 11, 2018
The 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show will be held July 14-15. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the event. This will be the first time in 10 years that the Air Force's official aerial demonstration team has performed at Westover.
There will also static displays of current and historic military aircraft, and various other aerial demonstrations.
This information is subject to changes and revisions. Please check its content as the air show draws closer this summer.
Q. WHEN CAN MEDIA REGISTER FOR COVERING THE AIR AND SPACE SHOW?
A. Registration requests must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than noon on FRIDAY, JULY 6.
Q. IS THE BASE OPEN ON FRIDAY TO THE PUBLIC DURING THE PRACTICE SHOWS?
A. No. However, people who would like to view the flying activity may do so from Westover Metropolitan Airport located on Padgette Street adjacent to Westover. The base will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the Great New England Air and Space Show. Five gates will be available.
Q - HOW CAN I RESERVE A GOLF CART?
A - There is no option to rent or reserve golf carts or scooters. Volunteers will be shuttling guests from parking to the gates throughout the day.
Q - WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FLYING PERFORMANCES?
A - The USAF Thunderbirds, the GEICO Skytypers, various World II Warbirds, Rob Holland, a KC-135, C-17, Marine helicopters, and of course a C-5M Super Galaxy flown by a Reserve Citizen Airmen crew here at Westover.
Q - WHAT IS THE NUMBER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES?
A - In the event of an emergency on base call 911.
Q - HOW MANY GATES WILL BE OPEN FOR THE AIR AND SPACE SHOW DURING THE WEEKEND?
A - Five. Gates open at 8 a.m. Live traffic updates will be broadcasted on the radio and on the base Facebook page. More specifics will be provided as soon as they become available.
Q - WHICH GATES WILL BE OPEN FOR FRIDAY'S AIR AND SPACE SHOW BREAKFAST?
A - Breakfast attendees are asked to enter through the Westover Road gate beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Q - WHAT TIME DO THE GATES OPEN?
A – Gates open at 8 a.m. on July 14. We strongly advise people to arrive early (but not before 8 a.m.). Historically, traffic increases dramatically after 11 a.m. All available gates will be open for the air show. In addition, traffic updates will be provided on Westover's Facebook page and on local radio broadcasts.
A- We will not be printing a flight schedule because of the many variables - including weather and security concerns. The Thunderbirds typically are the final flight demonstration of the day.
A – Coolers are not permitted except for special needs, such as medication or baby formula.
A - Only small personal umbrellas are permitted.
A - Aircraft scheduled to appear on static display include a B-52, A-10, F-35, F-16, F-15, one of Westover's C-5M airlifters, KC-10, KC-135, AC-130, T-1, T-6, T-45, UH-60, AH-64, LUH-72, UH-1, U-28, E-2, E-6B, C-2, EA-18, P-8, HH-60 Pave Hawk, and a variety of World War II-era aircraft. All aircraft are subject to military mission requirements at any time.