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Air Show Report : The Great New England Air Show 2012

The Great New England Air Show 2012 - Westover ARB, Chicopee MA

During the hot and humid weekend of August 4-5, 2012, the Westover Air Reserve Base hosted The Great New England Air Show. Dave O'Brien offers his photo report of the show, with most photos of the arrival and practise days which saw better weather.

Westover Air Show

Westover ARB had its last air show back in 2008 so it was nice to see the air show return to Chicopee MA, home of the 439 th Air Wing. Even without a jet demo team like the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds people were looking forward to this show.

They had a decent mixture of Military and Civilian acts. For civilian acts they had fan favorite Michael Goulian & Rob Holland. They also had civilian formation displays with the Skytypers and the Iron Eagle twin biplane team. Warbirds had flown in and some did fly-bys for the show.

For Military demos they had a fly-by from neighboring 104th FW flying their F-15C Eagles and the USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo which was a new display for me to see. The parachute jump team was the USASOC Black Daggers. The B-2A stealth bomber did a fly-past. The home unit flew their C-5 Galaxy for a short demonstration and to close the show out the VFA-106 Gladiators from NAS Oceana flew their F/A-18F Super Hornet.

The only problem was the weather didn't really help out, it was extreme hot and humid Friday through Sunday. Saturday fog and clouds kept things grounded till 11 AM and the heat index was already 95 degrees F. Once the sun came out the haze still hung around and it was very difficult to shoot good pictures. Even the crowds had a hard time dealing with the heat and by 1 PM the ramp was very thin with visitors. Sunday didn't fare any better as the ramp had to be cleared in the afternoon because of severe thunderstorms that had moved into the area and the Super Hornet never even got to fly. It stinks when there's that much of a gap between shows, 4 years, and then the weather plays such a factor in putting a damper on it.

I would like to thank the 439th AW PAO for allowing me access on Thursday when the statics arrived, Friday all day, and to return Saturday to capture this event. I really hope the weather cooperates the next time Westover has their air show.

The Great New England Air Show 2012 - Westover ARB
C-123 Provider
LC-130H3 with eight-bladed NP 2000 propellers.
LC-130H3 are flown by the New York Air Guard on behalf of the U.S. Antarctic Program
B-52H Stratofortress
Westover ARB ramp
Westover C-5B Galaxy
B-52H and C-17B tails
B-52H Stratofortress
Rhode Island ANG C-130J-30
Rhode Island ANG C-130J-30
Travis C-5B Galaxy
Travis C-5B Galaxy
C-47 Skytrain
KC-10A Extender from McGuire
KC-10A Extender
B-1B Lancer overhead
B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth
B-1B Lancer headon
B-1B Lancer
B-1B Lancer parking for the static show
B-1B Lancer with the B-52H in the background
B-1B Lancer cockpit
UH-60 Black Hawk arriving
UH-60 Black Hawk finding its parking spot
758th AS C-130H Hercules from Pittsburgh
A-10 Warthogs arriving from Fort Wayne
A-10C Thunderbolt II
163rd FS 'Blacksnakes' A-10C
104th FW F-15C Eagle
T-38C Talon from Randolph
Look at the C-5B on the ramp, with Iron Eagle demo in the background
Iron Eagle display team
Iron Eagle number two aircraft
GEICO Skytypers
SNJ-5C Texan
SNJ-5C Texan
P-51D Mustang 'NEVER Miss'
P-51D Mustang 'NEVER Miss'
TBM Avenger
B-25 Mitchell
B-25J Mitchell 'Tondelayo'
RB-25 Mitchell 'Miss Hap'
Warbirds at Westover, note C-5 flightline further back
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair 'Skyboss'
P-47D Thunderbolt 'Jacky's Revenge'
WWII Aces: Corsair, Mustang and Thunderbolt
FG-1D and F4U-5 Corsair navy fighters
P-51D Mustang fly-by
104th FW F-15 Eagles fly-by
104th FW F-15 fly-by
F-15C Eagle
F-15D Eagle
F-15C Eagle
F-15C Eagle afterburner climb
USMC MV-22B Osprey
MV-22B Osprey demo
MV-22B Osprey vertical landing
B-2A Spirit fly-over
Westover's C-5B Galaxy fly-by
C-5B Galaxy landing
C-5B Galaxy touchdown
C-5B Galaxy taxi
F/A-18F Super Hornet demo
F/A-18F Super Hornet practise
USN Legacy Flight
USN Legacy Flight
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet highspeed pass
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet taxiing
F/A-18F Super Hornet taxiing
Super Hornet Demo
Super Hornet Demo
Super Hornet Demo
Super Hornet Demo
TC-135S Cobra Ball Trainer

Report and photos by Dave O'Brien ( view portfolio )