What to expect at the 2015 Great N.E. Air Show

The air show takes place from May 16th – 17th

Canadian Snowbirds (Image Courtesy: The Great New England Air Show)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 2015 Great New England Air Show will be held on May 16th & 17th at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

Here are a few things to know if you’re planning to attend the event:

1) The Gates open at 8:30 a.m., the Static Displays open at 9:00 a.m., and the Air Show starts at 10:00 a.m.

2) The Traffic typically increases and the Parking area gets very crowded after 11:00 a.m. Base Parking lots are expected to be full by 2:00 p.m. (Note: It takes about an hour to get to the flight line from the highway, and it takes even longer after Noon.)

3) There is No Charge for admission or parking on base. If the base fills up and we have to rent additional overflow parking, there will be a Minimal Fee.

4) What CAN and CAN’T be brought on to the base:

  • Lawn Chairs and Blankets are allowed, but NO Lounge Chairs
  • Coolers are NOT allowed except for special needs, such as medication or baby formula.
  • Cameras and Video Recorders are allowed
  • Small Personal Umbrellas are allowed
  • Pets are NOT allowed, except for service animals
  • You can bring Food, but it must be in a clear container
  • You cannot bring Frozen Drinks on base, only Water in clear plastic bottles
  • Loose ice is not allowed because it is difficult to search. Ice packs are permitted
  • Tents and Awnings are Not allowed on the base

5) Security will be provided by the Air Force, Marines, Army and Massachusetts State Troopers. All vehicles will be subject to search. In the case of an emergency, or accident, the base has set up response measures.

6) All gates will accommodate handicap parking. Members displaying a handicap placard/plate will be directed to handicap parking areas. Signs will be posted as well.

7) You can Leave and Re-enter the air show. The air show will go on rain or shine. Portable toilets will be on site.

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22News has Full Coverage leading up to and during the Great New England Air Show on May 16th & 17th. The 22News Storm Team will also have the Latest Forecast and Weather Conditions. Make sure to stay tuned on-air and on WWLP.com.

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