A previous air show at Westover Air Force Base

A previous air show at Westover Air Force Base

Air Cache will be attending the Great New England Air Show this weekend at Westover Air Force Base.

The show runs Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. at the Westover Air Reserve Base fuel cell hangar. Enter the base at the Industrial Gate via Westover Road, Chicopee.

If you’re using a GPS, plug in this address: 2255 Westover Road, Chicopee, MA

Here is a preview of what we expect to see (Courtesy of air show organizers)

Vintage aircraft scheduled to be on display and in the air include:

  • C-47 Skytrain (one of the longest-serving military aircraft in the world, it was the workhorse of the D-Day invasion)
  • P-47 Thunderbolt (this renowned fighter was also assigned to Westover in the 1940s)
  • B-25 Mitchell (signature aircraft of the Doolittle Raid in 1942)
  • AC-47 Gunship (used during Vietnam War, it attacked enemy positions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail)

Modern military aircraft scheduled (these are subject to operational commitments at any time):

  • B-1 Lancer (Air Combat Command heavy bomber)
  • B-52 Stratofortress (assigned to Westover from 1956 to 1972)
  • KC-135 Stratotanker (also based here from 1957 to 1975)
  • F-15 Eagle (flown by the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield)
  • KC-10 Extender refueling tanker
  • C-17 Globemaster III
  • UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter

In addition, aircraft scheduled to perform fly-bys include:

  • B-2 Spirit (Saturday only)
  • F-15 Eagle
  • US Navy F/A-18 fighter-bomber
  • US Marines MV-22 Osprey
  • Navy Legacy Flight (old and new aircraft flying in formation)
  • C-5B Galaxy

And various small civilian acrobatic aircraft:

  • Geico Skytypers (six-ship formation of WW II-era aircraft)
  • Iron Eagles (two biplanes)
  • Mike Goulian

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