Tuesday, June 26, 2012

6/26/12: Boston-Portsmouth Air Show - Fun for the Whole Family

I am very excited to share that from June 30th to July 1st the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show will be at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.  I can't wait to share the wonder of this Air Show with my kids.  I myself am a Aerospace Engineer by trade and took many Aeronautics classes during college and still love to marvel at these wonderful planes. 
All images credited to the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show Website.  
I just want to highlight some of the featured acts here.  You can look at the full list of featured performers here. 
The United States Navy Blue Angels returns with their adrenaline – rushing performance to New Hampshire.  A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo Pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.
The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the show season. However, the squadron spends January through March training pilots and new team members at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California.
 America's Premier Civilian Squadron...The Black Diamond Jet Team is a seven-ship aerobatic civilian-owned jet team. The team is fully-sponsored by United Bank Card, Inc. The sponsorship enables the team to be a featured act for shows not hosting a military jet team. With five L-39s and two Mig-17s all in the Arctic camouflage paint scheme, the Lakeland, FL based Black Diamond Jet Team is an exciting addition to this year's show.
You can also see Jane Wicker who is a wingwalker.  Jane not only is a wingwalker but also an aerobatic pilot and is one of just a few wingwalkers in the world who transitions across the wings without the assistance of safety lines.
The aircraft that Jane performs with is named Aurora. She is a beautiful 1941 450 HP Boeing Stearman that was meticulously restored from ground up and has been used by Jane since June of 2010. This is truly a one of a kind aircraft not only due to the authentic paint design but also the many modifications she has like an inverted fuel and oil system, an extra flying wire, all new control bearings and many more. With a fuel injected Pratt & Whitney R-985 450 Horse Power Radial engine and customized dual stack exhausts, creating breathtaking smoke trails, and the unmatched roar of the 450 propellers it is sure to be a plane that excites the crowd.
Nowhere else can you see wing walking done like it was back during the Golden Age of Aviation. Spectators will be introduced to Jane as she begins her act of climbing and walking on the impressive 450 HP Stearman at show center. Jane shows off her impressive daring feats between and on the wings as the Stearman performs its aerobatic maneuvers. Once they have landed, to conclude her performance, the plane will taxi up and greet the crowd.
You can find the full schedule here.
You can go here to purchase tickets 
I bet your kids would love it.  Note this particular airplane below will not be at the Air Show but the picture is super cute of the kids.
You can also follow the Air Show on Twitter here: @BostonPortAS
And Like them on Facebook here
Disclosure:  I was provided a media pass to the Air Show.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

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