CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you enjoy the sound of jet noise, mark your calendar! Next year’s Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base has been announced.
The show, which will feature the famous Navy Blue Angels team, will be held one year from Friday, on May 16 and 17. The show will coincide with Westover’s 75th anniversary.
David Smith, who is the director of the air show and open house, told 22News it’s a great way for people to ask questions of the men and women who work at Westover, and also to get an up-close look at aircraft like the C-5s, which many of you are used to seeing and hearing overhead.
“Westover is going to have C-5s in the future, and in fact, we are getting the M model conversion in 2016, and with that conversion, the planes will be quieter, which I’m sure a lot of the residents will be happy to hear,” Smith said.
This will be the first time since the 1950s that the show will have taken place in May.
The announcement of the show date was made Friday morning during a ceremony at Chicopee City Hall. The Galaxy Community Council provided UMass research that shows the economic impact of the air show is more than $13 million over the two days, and most of that money comes from outside the region.