2012 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show


It is time again for the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show. The air show features many old favorites such as Sean Tucker, Mike Goulian, and John Klatt.

The Air Force Thunderbirds are the headliners this year. There will, of course, be a jet truck again this year as well as a combined arms demonstration.

Also Beware if you are bringing anything in no coolers are allowed, and everything is subject to search. Security is especially tight this year. Typically they allow media to find parking, but I was held at the gate this year, and they reduced the area in which they corralled us in for the practice. Also it has been much harder for certain organizations to get booths this year as well.

Still it promises to be a good show though it seems to be taking on a different feel, with more of the rustic planes, but at the same time the flashy stunt planes. It is kind of disappointing not to see some of the latest and greatest aircraft out there such as the F-22 Raptor or the V-22 Osprey, but the old reliables are still pretty incredible machines to watch in action. Also it does not look like the red bull helicopter will be there this year either

The full schedule is as follows (It is only tentative, as the air boss may change things on the fly, no pun intended, based on conditions, air traffic, and various other factors):
The Gates open at 9am and the show starts at 10am

  • The Black Daggers
  • Sean D. Tucker
  • Pietsch Air Show (Jelly Belly)
  • The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
  • John Klatt
  • The RI Air National Guard C-130J Demo
  • Mike Goulian
  • The RI Army National Guard Blackhawk Demo
  • Pietsch Air Show (Jelly Belly)
  • The Black Daggers
  • Geico Skytypers
  • John Klatt
  • Mike Goulian
  • Sean D. Tucker
  • Combined Arms Demostartion
  • USAF Thunderbirds
  • The show will end at approximately 4:30pm

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