Wings Over Vermont, Less Than a Month Away!


It’s been a decade since jets of all kinds have raced through Burlington skies, ‘wowing’ crowds of thousands.  In just under a month, that will change.  The free event takes years to plan, but it’s nearly time for Wings Over Vermont.

“We’re bringing the who’s who of air show performers here to Burlington,” said Rick Brehm.  In just 4 weeks, pilots will put their mid-air cork screws and inverted flying on display.  After a ten year hiatus, Wings Over Vermont is back in the Green Mountain State.

“It’s an opportunity for the Vermont Air National Guard to not only celebrate their 70th anniversary, but it’s also a big opportunity to thank the public for their support of their Vermont Air National Guard,” said Guard Leader Major General Stephen Cray.  He says big crowds are in for an exciting, and history filled show.  “Some incredible headline acts all the way from gliders to light aircraft, other military and vintage aircraft, a lot of World War II things are being incorporated,” said Cray.

Cray is the former air show director, he put together the last air show Burlington hosted in 2006.  He says it takes years to plan these shows, 3 to be exact.  “We do have a group of over 250 volunteers that have stepped up.  This is real, meaningful work that will have a lasting impression in the community, working with school age kids, sports teams, business leaders,” said current Wings Over Vermont Director Rick Brehm.

Brehm has been a part of 7 air shows in Vermont.  He says from transportation to security, they’re covering all their bases for the free event.  “We are working with the City of Burlington, law enforcement both state and federal.  You can be rest assured we are mobilizing all the resources that are needed to secure an area like the Waterfront,” he said.

Both Cray and Brehm say the Waterfront is the best location for an event of this size.  “It’s relatively easy to cordon off an area over the lake to do the air show, so there’s plusses and minuses if you will to both, but we had great success in 2006 with the air show at the Waterfront, we decided that was the right decision to do,” said General Cray.

Wings over Vermont opening-ceremonies are set for 10:30 August 13th.  Airshow coordinators advise visitors to think about transportation and parking sooner rather than later, since spots will go fast.  Brehm says they have secured another 4,000 parking spots, those the former K-Mart parking lot off Shelburne Road, the Burton parking lot, and the parking garage at Burlington International Airport.  Shuttles will run visitors back and forth to the Waterfront.

The air show is a free event, but any proceeds generated will go to the Vermont Children’s Hospital and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

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