The Great State of Maine Air Show is next weekend (August 27th and 28th). Pending weather, I’m planning on going. Its in Brunswick, Maine – about 1.5 hours away. I went to this air show back in 2008 when it was slated as the last military air show at Brunswick NAS (Naval Air Station). Since then, the base has been decommissioned. Its now the Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) and the air show is back. You can read all about the base history on Wikipedia. This year they will have the Blue Angels as they did in 2008. Go Navy!
I really liked the 2008 show because it had more of the military feel to it. The military really knows how to run air shows. It was kind of no frills where you could just walk around, see static displays and see totally awesome pilots fly to the limit. A lot of Air Shows have become very commercial. They bus you from the parking lot to the actual air show in a very small fenced off area (cattle anyone?), they have few static displays and tons of vendors trying to sell you crap. That was my experience with the 2010 Boston Portsmouth Airshow at Pease. We’ll see if the The Great State of Maine Air Show can carry on the excellent tradition the military left behind.
As you can see from a few photos I took in 2008, parking and the air show were very close together. Only Jersey Barriers separated parking from the show and from the runway. Watching from your car was just as easy as in the show area. There was of course security where they checked your bags and they were watching the jersey barriers like hawks to make sure no one hopped over them without going through security, but for the most part security was out of sight.
This year I’ll be equipped with a significant update to my camera equipment compared to 2008. That in addition to improved skills and l should be able to return with some great photos.