By 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 12, 2015
The Galaxies aligned on a Westover runway, to make room for Air Show aircraft this past August. The 2012 Great New England Air Show was the largest Westover has had since 1974, boasting more than 60 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA. Kelly Galloway)
More than a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II's, assigned to Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., passed through Westover as they made their way overseas. Westover's long runways, ample ramp space and geographic location, make it an ideal stop for military units on their way overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA. Kelly Galloway)
The 2015 Great New England Air Show will kick off May 16-17, 2015!
**For live traffic updates,
performing acts and other key Air Show information follow Westover on
Facebook and Twitter:
Q- WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HEADLINE ACTS?
A – Aerial demonstration teams include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels,
Canadian Snowbirds, and the Air Force F-22. In addition, the U.S. Army’s Golden
Knights parachuting team will perform.
Q - WHAT TIME DO THE GATES OPEN?
A – 8:30 a.m. We strongly advise
people to arrive early (but not before 8:30 a.m.). Historically, traffic increases dramatically
after 11 a.m. The James St Gate will be open for the air show.
Q – WHAT TIME DOES THE SHOW START?
A – 10 a.m. Static displays open
at 9 a.m. Flying will begin at 10 a.m.
Q- WILL THERE BE HEAVY TRAFFIC?
A – Very likely. It’s important
to arrive early, since in previous air shows local roads and parking areas have
gotten very crowded after 11 a.m. As a
guideline, traffic and parking from the time exiting a highway to arriving on
the flight line is at least an hour and progressively longer after noon. Parking lots are expected to be full by 2
Q - WILL YOU PRINT A FLIGHT
SCHEDULE? WHEN WILL THE BLUE ANGELS AND
A- We will not be printing a flight schedule because of the many
variables - including weather and security issues. The Blue Angels typically are the final
flight demonstration of the day. The
Snowbirds fly earlier in the day.
Q - CAN I BRING LAWN CHAIRS?
A – Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but no lounge chairs.
Q - IS THERE A CHARGE FOR ADMISSION/PARKING?
A – There is no charge for admission or parking on base. If the base
fills up and we have to rent additional overflow parking, there will be a
minimal fee. Base parking lots are
expected to be full by 2 p.m.
Q – IS THERE PARKING FOR BUSES AVAILABLE?
A – No.
Q - WILL THERE BE A SHUTTLE FROM THE ON-BASE PARKING AREAS?
A – Yes.
Q - CAN I LEAVE AND RE-ENTER THE AIR SHOW?
Q - ARE COOLERS PERMITTED?
A – Sorry, coolers are not permitted except for special needs, such as
medication or baby formula.
Q - ARE CAMERAS AND VIDEO RECORDERS ALLOWED?
A – Yes.
Q - CAN I BRING AN UMBRELLA?
A - Small personal umbrellas are permitted.
Q - CAN YOU GIVE ME A SCHEDULE OF ACTS?
A – A tentative schedule will be published shortly before the show.
However, the schedule is subject to change due to mission requirements,
Q - WHAT IS A STATIC DISPLAY?
A – A static display is a parked aircraft, or any other display
that is not moving.
Q - IS THERE SHADE?
A – There is some shade available in the Base Hangar and under the
wings of some of the larger static display aircraft.
Q - ARE PETS ALLOWED?
A – Pets are not allowed, except for service animals (Seeing eye dogs,
Q – HOW DO I OBTAIN INFORMATION ON BECOMING A SPONSOR?
A – Information is available at www.greatnewenglandairshow.com.
Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
Q - HOW DOES A VENDOR RECEIVE PERMISSION TO SELL FOOD/WARES?
A – All requests for information on becoming a vendor or providing
services should be directed to: Christopher Menard at (413) 557- 1110, ext.
2899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q - WILL THE SHOW BE TELEVISED?
A – Various media will be in attendance. They will televise all or parts as their
schedules allow. Westover public affairs
will also show video selections on social media.
Q - HOW DO I GET A MEDIA PASS FOR THE SHOW?
A – Call Westover Public Affairs at 413-557-2020.
Q - WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
A – The show will go on rain or shine.
Q- WHERE CAN I STAY OVERNIGHT?
A – There are numerous motels and hotels in the area. However, we
suggest that visitors make reservations as early as possible. The Greater
Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.valleyvisitor.com will assist
you in finding lodging.
Q – CAN I DRIVE MY MOBILE
HOME (RV) TO THE AIR SHOW?
A - No. Unfortunately, our
parking lots cannot accommodate oversized vehicles. A vehicle is considered oversized if it's
wider than a normal parking space or longer than two parking spaces
bumper-to-bumper. Exception: if an RV's
operator has a confirmed reservation and possess a military ID card, they may
park at the military family camp on base.
Q – CAN I STAY IN MY MOBILE HOME
(RV) OVERNIGHT WHILE PARKED AT WESTOVER?
A - No. Overnight spectator
parking on base is not permitted by any vehicle. Exception: if an RV's operator
has a confirmed reservation and possess a military ID card, they may park at
the military family camp on base.
Q - IS THERE A PROVISION FOR PRIVATELY OWNED AIRCRAFT TO PARK?
A – All civilian aircraft need to coordinate with Westover Metropolitan
Airport. Additional information can be
found on their website www.wmass-arptcef.com
or call (413) 593-5543.
Q - CAN I BRING FOOD?
A – Yes, however it must be in a clear container.
Q - CAN I BRING A FROZEN DRINK ON BASE?
A – No, you cannot bring frozen drinks on base -- only water in clear
Q - WHY CAN'T I BRING ICE ONTO THE BASE?
A – Loose ice is prohibited because it is difficult to search. Ice
packs are permitted.
Q - IS THERE ANY DANGER OF AN
A – Public safety is our top priority. However, in the case of an
emergency or accident the base has set up response measures.
Q - CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
A – Attendants are encouraged to bring their children. There will be
special family area for families with children.
Q – HOW LOUD ARE AIR SHOWS LIKE
A – Some of the performances feature multiple aircraft in formation.
Although Westover’s flight line is several hundred feet away from aircraft
taking off and landing, air show guests should consider bringing earmuffs or
Q - IS CELL PHONE RECEPTION
AVAILABLE ON BASE?
Q - WILL I NEED AN ID TO GET ON
A - Vehicle operators will need a valid driver’s license.
Q - WILL THERE BE SECURITY ON
A - Yes, security will be provided by the Air Force, Marines, Army and
Massachusetts State Troopers.
Q - WILL THE GUARDS AT THE GATE
BE SEARCHING VEHICLES?
A – Yes, all vehicles will be subject to search.
Q - WILL SANITARY FACILITIES BE
A - Yes, portable toilets will be on site.
Q - CAN TENTS OR AWNINGS BE
BROUGHT ON THE BASE?
A – No, these are prohibited.
Q – IS IT LEGAL TO BRING MEDICAL
MARIJUANA ON BASE?
A – No. As a federal installation, Westover must follow federal laws.
Q - WILL THE EVENT BE
A – Yes. All gates will accommodate handicap parking. Members
displaying a handicap placard/plate will be directed to handicap parking areas.
Signs will be posted as well. Due to the vast area that is open to the public
on the base, guests should be prepared to walk long distances in order to see
all the displays.
Q - WILL I BE ABLE TO COME ON
BASE TO WATCH THE DEMONSTRATION TEAMS PRACTICE FRIDAY BEFORE THE AIR SHOW?
A - To access the base on Friday, you need a military ID, or you may
purchase tickets to the air show kickoff breakfast (the web site is
greatnewenglairshow.com for tickets). The base isn't open to the general public
until the weekend.
Q - WHAT SECURITY CHANGES CAN I
EXPECT DUE TO THE BASE’S NEW HEIGHTENED SECURITY LEVEL?
A – Expect to be searched, and
expect longer lines to enter the base and the performance area. Do not bring knives or weapons. As a general rule, don’t bring anything on
base that you wouldn’t bring on an airplane.
Q – HOW WILL TRAFFIC BE
A – As always, opening a
military base to the public requires standard security measures at the gates.
Traffic will be heavy at times during the air show due to the volume of people
attending the show. It is possible that wait times to get on base will be
longer than past air shows due to the heightened security level on base. Please
plan to arrive early, after gates open at 8:30 a.m.
Q- CAN I STILL BRING A BACKPACK?
A CAMERA BAG? A DIAPER BAG?
A-Due to the increase in force protection level across North American
military bases, large backpacks and camera bags are not allowed. Coolers containing medicine or baby formula
are still allowed. Please be patient as
all bags will be searched.
Q- CAN I RIDE MY BICYCLE ON
No, bicycles are not allowed at the air show or
to get on base.
Q - WHERE CAN I FIND MORE
A – Visit www.greatnewenglandairshow.com or www.westover.afrc.af.mil
Q – HOW DO I GET TO WESTOVER AIR
RESERVE BASE FROM CONNECTICUT?
A – Take I-91 North to I-291 in Springfield. Take the Fuller Rd. exit,
which is also marked Westover ARB. Follow the Westover signs to the base.
Q – HOW DO I GET TO WESTOVER AIR
RESERVE BASE FROM NEW YORK STATE OR WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS?
A– Take Mass Pike (I-90) East to exit 5 and follow the Westover signs
to the base.
Q- HOW DO I GET TO WESTOVER AIR
RESERVE BASE FROM THE BOSTON AREA?
A - Take the Mass Pike (I-90) West to Exit 7 in Ludlow. Take right onto
Rt. 21/Center Street, left onto Rood St., which turns into Fuller St., right
onto West St., left onto New Ludlow Road, and left onto South St. just before
the Summit Convenience Store.
Q – I LIVE NEAR THE BASE. WHICH
GATE SHOULD I USE?
A - Use the James St. gate since the main gate, on Westover Rd., is
typically most used. Avoid the section of Memorial Dr. (Route 33) between I-90
and Westover Rd. From the traffic rotary
at the intersection of Memorial Drive and James St., turn east at the Knights
of Columbus toward the base.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE:
ALL CARRY-IN ITEMS AND PERSONS
ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH. PLEASE BE PATIENT.
Approved Carry-in Items:
THE FOLLOWING RESTICTIONS APPLY TO ALL WHO ENTER WESTOVER ARB:
***SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS MONITOR
THE BASE AT ALL TIME.
WANDS AND OTHER SECURITY SCREENING MEASURES WILL BE USED TO SCAN PATRONS
ENTERING THE BASE.