The United States Navy Blue Angels will perform at the 2015 Great New England Air Show.
Reminder Publications submitted photo
By G. Michael Dobbs
Mayor Richard Kos explained that people make plans to come for the Air Show and this way they could mark their calendars a year in advance.
The admission and parking will be free.
The show will be part of the base’s 75th anniversary observation.
“The Air Show is very important in our community,” Kos noted.
The last Air Show was in 2012 and drew an estimated 210,000 to Westover Air Reserve Base, Bud Schuback, president of the Galaxy Community Council
In an economic study conducted in 2008, Schuback added, it was shown the Air Show generated an economic impact of $13.8 million. Most of that money came from visitors outside of the area traveling here for the show.
Recognizing its importance as a regional economic driver, state Rep. Joseph Wagner was successful in adding an amendment to the state budget under consideration that would finance the show with $100,000. Schuback said the Galaxy Council must raise $300,000 to produce the show in conjunction with the Air Force Reserve.
Wagner told Reminder Publications he hopes the funding remains part of the budget as it goes through the approval process in the state Senate. He added that tourism is the third most important industry in the Commonwealth.