Looking Back, the 2007 Otis ANGB Air Show
The 2007 air show at the Otis Air National Guard Base (located near Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod) was the last of its kind. The following year, the tenant 102nd Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard would complete their relocation to Westfield, Massachusetts from Otis, and re-designate as the 104th Fighter Wing. That left the Army National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard as the only flying units at the base; it would soon be renamed as Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.
Not only was the facility’s name and place noteworthy as it would soon disappear, but there were more “end of an era” stories which played out at the show. Aircraft which were part of the static and flying display during the weekend would soon disappear too:
One year later, the 103rd Fighter Wing of the Connecticut Air National Guard turned in their beloved A-10 Thunderbolt IIs for C-21A transports.
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawks would be retired from operational use in 2008 as well.
The S-3B Viking was phased out of operational squadron use within two years, in 2009.
Now, looking back some fourteen years after the show, the HU-25 Guardians the Coast Guard demonstrated during the show were retired from service in 2013, replaced by the HC-144A, and the HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter that took part in the flying display was destroyed in a 2010 crash in Utah – thankfully no fatalities were incurred.
Here are more photos of the aircraft and units on display at the 2007 summertime event: