WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re still about five months away from the Westfield International Air Show at Barnes Air National Guard base, but we now know who you can expect to see in the air this year.
It’s the first air show at Barnes in seven years, and one act fans are most looking forward to are the headliners of the show, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds team is made up of F-16 fighter jets that fly in close proximity, with their wing tips just a few feet apart. Earlier this year, one Thunderbirds jet visited Barnes for a site survey ahead of the airshow.
Spectators at this year’s air show can also expect to see the Geico Skytypers, a team of six pilots who work together to create aerial smoke messages in the sky. For the first time ever in western Massachusetts, spectators will be able to see the Third Strike Wingwalking act, which involves a woman walking on a jet-propelled aircraft whiles it’s in flight.
Other aerial performances include the Acemaker T-33, the Alabama Boys, WWII aircraft, the Black Daggers U.S. Army Parachute Team, Jason Flood Solo Aerobatics, P-51 Mustang, WWI fighter demo, an AT-28 tactical demo, and a C-17 demo.
The Westfield International Air Show is scheduled for August 12 and 13.
Lt. Col. Eric Armentrout told 22News the base is aware of the traffic issues that came along with their last air show in 2010, and said they’re working to make sure it doesn’t happen. He said they’ve hired experts to develop a better traffic and parking plan for the show in August.