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Boston Portsmouth Air Show 2010

Air show taking place August 28 & 29, 2010 at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, NH

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Aviation enthusiasts of New England, don't miss an amazing opportunity this August!

  • Aug 19, 2010
I have always embraced my fascination with aviation ever since I can remember. Naturally my husband shares the same interest and it looks like our daughter, who is 18 months at the moment, has inherited it as well! A couple of days ago we went to the airport with her just to watch airplanes take off and land. The Russian word for airplane, samoletik, is one of the ones she pronounces perfectly every time she sees one. 

Needless to say we are excited for the opportunity to finally see aircraft up-close and personal at the 2010 Boston Portsmouth Air Show. Now it wouldn't be fair if I posted a review of it after the fact, so I'm letting you know that now is the time to get tickets! On August 28th and 29th the Portsmouth Airport in New Hampshire will be transformed into an aviation enthusiasts feast including 48 static display aircraft and 13 performance acts!

Here is some of what you can expect to see:

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform in their classic diamond formation.

Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130 support aircraft will perform at the 2010 show.

The WWII era B-25 Panchito will fly a nostalgic performance.

New Hampshire resident Rob Holland will put on an aerobatic display.

This is not just a great entertainment opportunity, it can be a great educational experience for kids. Public, private, and home schooled children alike would benefit from this learning experience that's as hands on as you can get without your kid actually flying at the rudder!

Oh, and if you're an avid photographer, be sure not to miss the Photo Tour and Photo Pit Passes. See links in the Wiki on right for details!

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to this event for the purpose of the review. The opinions are solely my own. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

Post event update!

Wow, this was really amazing to see! But I do have a few pointers for large air show goers. This was not what I expected, because it was wwaaayyy bigger than I thought. I knew it would be crowded, but I didn't know that 75,000 people would attend in the course of two days!
  • First, I don't really recommend this for children under 5. Yes, our 18 month old enjoyed it somewhat, but she will not remember it and it wasn't worth the stress. A hungry, sleepy 18 month old stuck in traffic for 2.5 hours is NOT FUN! I would go again just with my husband or with older kids for sure!
  • I would never park at the event again. Not only did it take half an hour to get from the airport entrance to the parking lot, it took us one hour to walk to our car from the event because the shuttle buses were just at a dead stop in traffic. I would park elsewhere and ride a bike to the event to spare your sanity. Without a baby, maybe we would be ok, but with an 18 month old this proved to be a disaster. (PS: event coordinators, please put the parking lot numbers on the bracelets, not just the street name)
  • We brought ear plugs and thought our baby wouldn't like wearing them, but to my surprise she did. Too bad we only tried them on her near the end. It was a little annoying trying to cover her ears with my hands every time the planes flew by.
  • We brought our own lunch and boy was that a great idea! The lines for the vendors were HUGE, we couldn't possibly stand in them with a toddler.
  • Keep belongings to a minimum and don't loose your sippy cups, we lost ours. :(
  • If a hot day is expected, wear a hat!
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August 20, 2010
Thanks for sharing with us this wonderful event, Anastasia! Wish I could be there too! Flying itself is such a great experience, it never amazes me no matter how many times I've been on the plane. I had even thought about learning how to fly in Alaska and Utah! Wish I could have all the time and money in the world, then I'd buy myself a jet, hehehe... Cool that your daughter is thrilled about flying, may be one day she can pilot one of those aircrafts like the Solar Impulse! In fact, you might even be able to take her on a tour of the Solar Impluse project! Check it out: http://www.solarimpulse.com/supporters_program/index.php?lang=en
August 20, 2010
Thanks for sharing that Sharrie! If I win the lottery, I'll take you on a plane ride in my jet! lol :)
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Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
An event not to be missed by New England aviation enthusiasts! Bring the kids and ear plugs! If you're a photographer, take advantage of the Photo Tour and Photo Pit add-on.
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The Boston – Portsmouth Air Show will host ground displays of many different aircraft including today’s military jets, vintage warbirds, and civilian aircraft. Many of the displays allow for hands on and walk throughs.

The Boston – New England Air Show was reformed from the former Pease Air Show, which was historically a mid-tier air show held at Pease International Tradeport and the New Hampshire ANG Base every other year.  Beginning in 2010 the Boston – New England Air Show has been designed to be a large scale event.  The event will be marketed regionally to a marketing area including up to 4.5 million people.  In addition to being a first-class aviation event, The Boston – New England Air Show supports two of New England’s finest community organizations.  The Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America serves more than 18,000 youths annually. The Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire is a private, non-profit, family and consumer run organization representing over 5,000 New Hampshire residents with acquired brain disorders and stroke.

9 am - 5 pm August 28 & 29, 2010
Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, New Hampshire

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Location: Portsmouth International Airport, NH
Date(s): August 28 and 29, 2010
Venue: Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

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