New England Air Shows With WWII Aircraft

by Doug Munson
The skies of New England will be filled with legend.

The skies of New England will be filled with legend.

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From the time of the 1910 Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, New England has been instrumental in keeping the aviation legacy alive. Air shows continue every summer in New England, many featuring static and flying displays of classic WWII aircraft. Performers include well known collectors like Delaware's Larry Taylor with his B-25, the Maryland-based Wounded Warriors Team, the Geico Sky Typers from Farmingdale, NY plus many more. A schedule of air shows around the U.S. is also available.


The Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo takes place in the last week of August at the Brunswick Executive Airport, 5450 Fitch Ave., Brunswick, Maine. Featured performances include a skywriting act by the Geico Sky Typers, a team of North American SNJ-2 Trainers (six of 11 SNJ-2 remaining in the world); the famous "Glamorous Gal" North American P51D Mustang, Boeing's B25 Panchito from the 396th Bomb Squadron, 7th Air Force, stationed in the Central Pacific, as well as the classic Vought F4U-5NL Corsair carrier plane. For more info call 207-798-6512 or Email:

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Air Show at the Air National Guard Base, 210 Airport St., North Kingstown, Rhode Island, features the Grumman TBM Avenger, "The Horsemen" demonstrating formation flying of an F-4U Corsair and F-8 fighter jet. Also featured is one of the fastest piston aircraft of its time, the Grumman F8F Bearcat. This air show is usually held during the last week in June. Note: The Blue Angels are scheduled to make an appearance as well. More information and directions are available at their Web site.

New Hampshire/Massachusetts

At the Boston/Portsmouth Air Show taking place during the second week in August at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A WWII veteran F4U Corsair carrier plane takes part in a compelling U.S. Navy Legacy Flight with a F-18 Super Hornet. The Thunderbirds are also among many other feature attractions. More information available at their Web site.


The Tweed Airfest takes place during the first week of October at the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, 155 Burr Street, New Haven, Connecticut. A vintage 1946 Piper J-3 Cub is as close as you'll get to a WWII aircraft during this show. But the featured "Flying Farmer" act begins as farmer Clem Cleaver demands a flying lesson as he climbs up to the announcer's stand. He steals the plane later in the show, and takes off alone. With a whole crew chasing after him, Grandpa shoots off a tire to bring him down, forcing Clem to land on a pickup truck as it races down the runway. The Iron Eagles Aerobatic Team and the Heavy Metal Jets Team also perform. For more detailed information, you can call their 24-Hour Hotline at 203-466-8888.

About the Author

Doug Munson is an award-winning writer based in Minneapolis. He has been covering topics from technology and music to history and spirituality since 1973, with work appearing in “Rolling Stone,” “Aphelion,” “The Beacon,” “Encore” and “The Edge.” Munson studied at Lycoming College, New England College, SUNY Binghamton and the University of New Hampshire. He is also a published novelist.

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