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Stewart International Airport’s Military History, Where the New York Air Show is Held

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If you come in the back way to Stewart International Airport, in by the south entrance off of Route 207, and if you are a little bit of an air base archeologist, you will immediately pick up clues that this was the old Stewart Air Force Base from 1948 to 1970. The entry road widens where the Base Main Gate was; there are still a few one- and two-story red brick military-type buildings that work their way along the winding roads. Up on a surrounding hill you’ll still find one old 1950's USAF hanger still left intact. The Airport Administration is housed in one of the old USAF brick buildings near the old Base Fire and Crash station too. Read more »

The Great State of Maine Air Show, Upcoming Thrills and Past History

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Look familiar? A old photo of NAS Brunswick's 2005 air show and open house...

The airport at Brunswick, Maine has a long history of service to the United States. Originally it was built as a civilian gravel airfield, then converted as a military Naval Air Station during the World War II years, when it was used to train Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilots and used for anti-submarine patrols by U. S. and Allied forces. After a short reversion to civilian operations after the war, the Cold War pushed the Navy to reopen an airborne patrol and anti-submarine function at the base. Since 2011, the airport has been returned to civilian hands after a BRAC decision to shutter the base one last time. Now, it is known as the Brunswick Executive - Midcoast Regional Airport. Read more »

Collings Foundation’s 2017 Race of the Century

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The State of Massachusetts was an early U.S. automotive powerhouse during the industry’s formative years, between the 1890s and 1930s. Over two hundred Bay State companies manufactured new automobiles during these years; some produced only a few examples, while others opened manufacturing and assembly lines. The Collings Foundation, whose headquarters and main Museum is located in Stow, Massachusetts (not too far away from Springfield), has assembled a large and diverse collection of early automobiles to go along with a varied and (mainly) airworthy collection of aircraft. Many of the Collings Foundation’s warbirds are on the road each year, flying across the U.S. on their Wings of Freedom Tour (such as their B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51 are during 2017). Others are based in Texas or other airports in different regions of the country. Read more »

The Special Colors of the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo

First Suchoi SU-27UB_831 BrTA_71_Ukraine The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July. Over the past few decades, it has been usually held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show typically attracts a total of 150,000 to 160,000 spectators over the weekend. The show took place at Fairford every two years until it became an annual show in 1993. Guinness World Records have recognised RIAT 2003 as the world's largest ever military airshow, with 535 aircraft in attendance! Read more »