Performers at this summer’s air show at Brunswick Landing are lining up. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and its support plane, the C-130 “Fat Albert,” will headline the show again in their only New England appearance this season. Also returning, a group of anti-war protesters who announced they will demonstrate against the Angels’ appearance.
Protesters began circulating a flier via email Tuesday stating they will demonstrate from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 26 at Brunswick Executive Airport. Protesters called the Angels appearance a “recruiting gimmick” whose use of fuel contributes to global warming and noted that their aircraft is designed for warfare. The protest is being organized by Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Maine Veterans for Peace and Peaceworks.
During the last air show in 2015, protesters could be seen near the entrance of Brunswick Landing, of which the airport is a part.
The last Great State of Maine Air Show drew thousands of people to Brunswick. Blue Angels pilots also took time to speak with Morse High School students in Bath about service and community.
This year, the Blue Angels will be joined by other aircraft, some of which will give in-air demonstrations, while others will be part of static displays on the ground.
The U.S. Air Force, which in 2015 brought a pair of advanced F-22 fighters, will this year bring their F-16 demonstration team. The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight will feature an F-16 flying alongside a P-51 Mustang, an iconic WWII fighter aircraft, flown by Gen. Tommy Williams.
U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute “ParaCommandos” Jump Team will also make an appearance.
Red Bull Air Racer Michael Goulian will show off his aerobatic routine, while Kent Pietsch — and his Jelly Belly airplane — will put on a comic performance and will attempt to land his plane on a moving truck.
Bill Braack in his Smoken Thunder Jet Car plans to accelerate to nearly 400 mph in order to race against an overhead aircraft.
Dan Marcotte will pilot his Ultimate Biplane in an aerobatic performance.
Static displays may include the U.S. Navy P-3 Orion, U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon, the U.S.
Marine Corps F-18 Hornet and others.
Organizers of the Great State of Maine Air Show warned that premium seating sold out in 2015. The show takes place Aug. 26-27 at Brunswick Executive Airport on Brunswick Landing.
Visit www.GreatStateof- MaineAirShow.us for more details.