Planning Ahead: Great State of Maine Air Show

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This is it, the last big hurrah for the Brunswick Naval Air Station. This weekend, Sept. 5-7, is the final (well, maybe, we’ve heard that before) Great State of Maine Air Show. If you’ve never been to one of these high-flying events, go. Yes, it will be insanely crowded; yes, it can be miserably hot on the tarmac. But, Wow! what a show.

Expect to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team as well as tactical demos by the Navy and Air Force aircraft. If you’re into military hardware, there’s plenty of that on display. In addition, performers include Team Chaos, with its battles in the sky and it jet truck versus airplane race; aerobatic masters Gary Ward and Randy Harris; Neal Darnell and his jet-powered truck; Greg Shelton and Wingwalker Ashley Battles (just as it sounds); and, so much more.

Be sure to check the web site’s security page for the list of what you can and  can’t bring into the show.

Avoid the hassles of driving and parking by taking the train. Maine Eastern Railroad is operating a special excursion train to coincide with the show. It departs Rockland at 8 a.m., stopping for passengers in Wiscasset and Bath, before arriving at Cooks Corner in Brunswick.