Great State of Maine Air Show Presents New Blue Angels’ Aircraft, Other Great Performers
The Brunswick Executive Airport, formerly part of the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Maine, is the host venue for the Great State of Maine Air Shows. In 2021, another edition of the air show, which has continued since the Air Station closed in 2011, brought the US Navy’s Blue Angels to the Midcoast region of the “Pine Tree State” – otherwise known as “Vacationland” over Labor Day weekend.
The Blue Angels re-equipped this year with F/A-18E and -F model Super Hornets, as well as a slightly used C-130J Hercules that was purchased from the UK’s Royal Air Force after being identified as surplus. Anticipation was high for the Team to take to the Maine skies, as this was the first display presented in New England with the new aircraft aircraft by the Navy and Marines.
Besides the Blue Angels, other participants (not a full list here) included a static-displayed KC-135R of the Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing, adorned with a new green pine tree design on its vertical stabilizer.
Civilian flight attractions included Greg Colyer in his Ace Maker T-33, Mike Wiskus in his Super Stinker Pitts Special, Louis Horshel’s Mad Max P-51 Mustang and Rob Holland in his MXS-RH. The show was opened by the Red Bull parachute team.
Kevin Burke made the trip up I-95 from Massachusetts to see the show, here’s some ideas of what he saw: