CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been a spectacular weekend for visitors to the Great New England Air show at Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee. If air show enthusiasts could take their eyes off the planes on the ground, they were dazzled by the planes overhead.
There were hundreds of thousands of air show lovers at Westover on Sunday, in addition to the 150,000 who came on Saturday.
These were the legendary flying machines that most of us have only seen from afar. But this weekend at Westover, we could actually get close to them.
It was certainly worth the trip from Connecticut, as Robert Tajusse told 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Brian Lapis, who interviewed the crowd during 22News at 9am, how the air show affected him. “When I was younger my parents used to take me all the time, but I haven’t been for a while. I’m bringing my younger generation out with me.”
Marvin Barr of Chicopee made certain to nurture his son’s love of aircraft very early in life. “Very special, he enjoys planes, I enjoy planes. We’re looking forward to having some fun.”
Later in the day, all eyes were fixed on the legendary Blue Angels. Their appearances at air shows all across America have been a source of pride and inspiration.
Mario Fuentes of Hadley said, “I always wanted to come here, never had a chance. Hopefully, in the future, I hope to join the Air Force.”
With so many thousands of visitors, there were times this weekend when it seemed the long lines of traffic would last forever. But as soon as visitors parked their cars, the inconvenience was quickly replaced by the awesome air show.
A Westfield couple came on Sunday when their patience wore thin on Saturday. “We gave up, we didn’t get in [Saturday]. Success today, we left early 6:30 in the morning from the house, made sure we got in line, and there was a line there.”
It’s been a memorable weekend at Westover for hundreds of thousands from all over New England. Years from now, children will surely recall the day their dads took them to their first Great New England Air Show.