Westfield International Air Show wows crowdsAug. 25, 2010
By, Katelyn Gendron
Reminder Assistant Editor
WESTFIELD -- A little rain didn't stop people from attending the Westfield International Air Show on Aug. 22 at Barnes Air National Guard Base.
They witnessed a jet engine-powered bus, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in flight and more than 75 static aircraft such as the Douglas C47 Skytrain courtesy of the American Airpower Museum in New York. The aircraft's history is rooted in World War II, when pilots flew the aircraft to deliver paratroopers into combat during the D-Day invasion and is best known for the "Berlin Airlift," delivering supplies to Berliners during the Russian occupation after the war.
Children and adults came from all over New England and abroad to attend the show including John Mendyka, 9, of Wurzburg, Germany who climbed into a WWII-era vehicle courtesy of the Pioneer Valley Military and Transportation Museum in Westfield.
Ayva Crosby, 6, snuggled with a "hug-powered" vehicle operated by the New England Air Museum.
Also featured at the show, attended by members of the 104th Fighter Wing and their families, was a LEGO experience and all the carnival foods a deep-fried lover could want.
Not to be missed was the Jeep Rocks and Road Tour, which allowed licensed drivers to get behind the wheels of the automaker's latest vehicles on- or off-road. Senior Airman James Louis of the 104th Fighter Wing took Reminder Publications for a very, very bumpy adventure through the off-road obstacle course. Adrian Altamirano, our Jeep-mandated co-pilot sat shotgun and gently reminded Louis, "You break it, you bought it." Luckily we survived the trip without incident!
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