Westover Air Reserve Base leadership held a news conference with Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos Tuesday afternoon regarding the upcoming air show and its economic significance.
The 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show is scheduled for July 14-15 at Westover ARB. It’s free and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the base and surrounding area that weekend.
Acting Wing Commander, Colonel Howard Clark said the event showcases the base, and brings nearly 15 million dollars to the city.
“The Great New England Air and Space Show is a time when Westover opens it’s doors to the public, and begins to showcase our military capability, a chance to see our people in action, and to see how your tax dollars are spent,” said Colonel Clark.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining the 2018 show. Other performers include Westover’s C-5 Super Galaxy, and the GEICO Skytypers.
Approximately 375,000 people attended Westover’s last air show in 2015. It brought in $14.9 million to 30-mile area surrounding the base in Chicopee.
Tickets and parking at the airshow are free.