Westfield International Air Show Storms Back After Seven Years

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The 2017 Westfield International Air Show is rapidly approaching, set for the weekend of August 12th and 13th. The show is held in conjunction with an Open House of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing. This year promises to include many active and retired military aircraft, as well as civilian performers. The Westfield – Barnes Regional Airport is situated within a thirty minute drive west of the city of Springfield Massachusetts.


Above performers and aircraft are just some that are expected to attend

The previous edition of the show was held in 2010, and the open houses before then had a decidedly military look and feel to them. The Air National Guard, who were the main sponsors and performed a lot of the show production too, drew some great military performers such as a U-2 and B-1 (one of which famously performed a complete roll during its flying display!) and over the years, and the “Barnestormers” A-10s and F-15s shared the ramp with many more Air Force and Air National Guard types. Although many of these types of aircraft in the attached photos are retired today and won’t be part of this year’s show, Barnes will still draw a great assortment of old and new military aircraft in a few weeks. How many of these types can you identify?

Some past attendees at Westfield Air National Guard Base

Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 32 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site, and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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