Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend this weekend’s Great New England Air and Space Show.
This weekend you’ll be seeing a lot of warplanes flying above Westover Air Reserve Base. Westover is hosting the Great New England Air and Space show for the first time in 3 years.
“We’re going to get as many people on base as quickly and safely as we can. I think they are going to be impressed at what the nation’s military provides and I think they are going to have a great time,” said Col. Scott “Bull” Durham, 439 Airlift Wing Commander.
More than 600 people gathered at the base Friday for the air show’s traditional kick off-breakfast. Former NASA astronaut and Shelburne native Cady Coleman was the breakfast’s guest speaker.
“The people who are here every day when it’s not the air show, they are part of something that is hard and dangerous. If it doesn’t go well or right our national security is at stake,” Col. Cady Coleman, Former NASA Astronaut & retired Air Force Colonel told 22News.
These aircraft are loud and fast. There will be more than 20 aerial demonstrations at this year’s Great New England Air and Space Show here at Westover Air Reserve Base.
The GEICO Skytypers were in the skies Friday practicing for their performances Saturday and Sunday.
Other performers on the base Friday were the Golden Knights Parachute Team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. They all are hoping to inspire the next generation of the Air Force.
“It’s super exciting to be back home and showcase what the Air Force is all about,” Major Ray Geoffroy, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds said. “I really think this is a fantastic community and super excited to be here to help recruit, retain and inspire the next generation and do it right here in western Mass.”