Aerial Acrobatics: A who’s who of flying comes to NH for show
By Alexandra Pecci
The air in Portsmouth will be humming with Blue Angels, Fighting Falcons and other aerial acrobatics at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show this weekend.
The two-day soaring spectacular is happening at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease and will raise money for the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire and the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the two organizations putting on the event.
“It’s going to be a fun-filled, exciting family event,” says Joe Wiltrout, executive director of the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show and director of financial services for the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be headlining the show. Their performance includes a C-130, known as Fat Albert, the four-jet Diamond Formation, maneuvers of two solo pilots, and the six-jet Delta Formation.
The show also features the Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron, USAF F-15 Strike Eagle Demonstration, USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration, U.S.
Army Golden Knights, USN F/A-18 Super Hornet, Team MS760, USAF KC-135 and the World War II aircraft B-25 “Panchito.” There will also be the individual performers Sean D. Tucker, Michael Goulian, John Klatt, and Rob Holland.
“This is definitely a top-tier show,” says Wiltrout. “Everyone is very excited about the lineup. I think there’s a huge anticipation and a huge buzz.”
There will also be “static” aircraft that are on display for visitors to climb in and out of and check out, including a B-52 bomber. Among the dozens of other static aircraft will be F-16 Falcons and E-2C Hawkeyes.
There’s also Pull for the Cure, a giant tug-of-war between teams and a huge aircraft weighing more than 98,000 pounds. The Pull for the Cure is a fundraising event that benefits the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire and its work with wounded warriors living with traumatic brain injury, which is the “signature injury” of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Team trophies are awarded in several categories, plus team members can earn incentives based on their own individual contributions collected.
According to Wiltrout, visitors, especially kids, should wear safety earmuffs, which are available at hardware stores. Despite the loud noise, though, he says the air show is a great event for families. The event will have a Kids Fun Zone with bouncy houses and a Johnsonville Big Taste Grill.
“It’s just an all-around good, patriotic family event,” Wiltrout says. “It’s kind of Americana. It’s motherhood and apple pie.”
If you go
What: Boston-Portsmouth Air Show.
Where: Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, 36 Airline Avenue, Portsmouth.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29.
Cost: General admission ranges from $15 for seniors, youth, and military online advance purchase to $25 for adults at the gate. Children 5 and under free.
Learn more: boston-newenglandairshow.com.