Sunday, April 14, 2013
Miss any news this week? Take a look at the top stories from around Rhode Island.
Saturday, April 6 An 81-year-old woman who was struck by a car on Interstate 295 late last night in Cranston has died from her injuries, police said. Sunday, April 7 The walk is shut down from Ruggles Avenue to the end of the walk at Bailey’s Beachdue to damage from Tropical Storm Sandy. A drive-by shooting at Benjamin's Sports Pub on Saturday night left one man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to his back, according to Tiverton Police. A bullet after someone driving past the bar fired two shots into the building at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Monday, April 8 A North Kingstown man who was left paralyzed following a confrontation with North Kingstown police in 2009 died last week at Rhode Island Hospital. After 32 years on Federal …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Due to the sequester and subsequent cuts to the military, this year's air show in Rhode Island has been canceled.
The 2013 Rhode Island Air National Guard Open House and Air Show has been canceled following federal budget cuts. The Guard decided to nix this year's show after the U.S. Navy canceled the remainder of the Blue Angel's 2013 season due to the cuts – also known as the sequester. Six other military acts that were slated to perform during the 2013 show also pulled out of the program, forcing event organizers to assess the situation and, inevitably, cancel the entire show. "I want to thank all who have supported this long-standing event, planned and executed by the professionals of the Rhode Island National Guard," said Major General Kevin McBride, Adjutant General and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard. "It is our intent …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
RI Medical Reserve Corps and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams operate a full-service field hospital at Quonset Point during the show.
The 2012 Rhode Island Air National Guard Air Show is this weekend at Quonset Point, and the Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps and Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team (RI MRC/RI DMAT) units will be dedicating their expansive medical cache of equipment, volunteer time and medical support for the 21st consecutive year to ensure that Air Show spectators receive the best in quality care if needed. Volunteers from various fields ranging from nurses, doctors and EMTs to carpenters and plumbers will spend the Air Show weekend working at a full-service field hospital on the base to care for spectators and participants. The hospital also serves as a training opportunity for volunteers to prepare for a public health or disaster situation…
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Spectators showed up in droves on Saturday for the official opening day of the Quonset Air Show.
The 2012 Rhode Island Air National Guard Open House and Air Show kicked off Saturday with gorgeous weather, droves of spectators and a flurry of performers. Morning acts included Team Oracle and the crowd favorite jet truck. In the afternoon, things got a bit louder as the day's headliner the Thunderbirds roared through the skies. If you missed it today, head over Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Gates open at 9 a.m.) Admission is free, but parking donations benefiting Hasbro Children's Hospital are appreciated. (Additional questions? Check out our guide here.) Don't want to deal with the crowds and traffic? Check out these six spots nearby in North Kingstown that offer some great views of the show without the hassle. Did you take photos of …
Check out a different view of the Quonset Air Show and North Kingstown from aboard a Blackhawk helicopter.
Living only a few miles from Quonset Point for most of my life, I've grown accustomed to seeing Blackhawk helicopters in the skies above my house. I've probably seen hundreds in my life – and craned my neck to watch each one t fly over my head. (For some reason, it never gets old for me.) For years I wondered, what would it be like to look down from one of those rather than look up? Well, Friday afternoon I finally got my chance to do that after the fine folks at the Rhode Island National Guard allowed my colleague (Coventry Patch Editor Lauren Costa) and me take a ride on one. My conclusion: Rhode Island looks remarkable from the sky. Here's our bird's eye (or perhaps Blackhawk's eye) view of the air show and surrounding areas (including …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Even before the show officially opened to the public, the pilots were ready to wow spectators on Friday.
With sunny skies and temperatures nearing 70 over the next two days, the weather for this weekend's 2012 Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show looks to be near perfect as performers such as the Air Force's Thunderbirds take to the skies above Quonset. More than a dozen acts are slated for this year's event, from World War II era planes to jet-powered trucks. (There's even a Jelly Belly plane on the roster this year.) Check out the images and video above from Friday's practice day down at Quonset Point. Gates open at 9 a.m. an hour before the show starts at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Each day's events are scheduled to conclude around 4:30 p.m. Have questions about this year's air show? Check out our guide here.
Want great views but not the crowds?
Want to catch the air show, but not the crowds? We've picked out six great spots to watch the show at your leisure. You can't see the entire show from these spots, but they'll be perfect for those looking for a more laid-back outing. For those of you who are attending the show, check out our guide to this year's air show.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Planning on attending this year's air show, but have some questions?
The skies over Rhode Island have been thundering as C-130s, F-16s and – of course – the Thunderbirds have been making their way into Quonset for the 2012 Rhode Island National Guard Open House & Air Show. So who's showing up this year? How much does it cost? Slow your roll because we've got you covered. Where & When What Do I Need To Know? Morning Acts Afternoon Acts Directions From Points North Take I-95 South to Exit 9 - RT 4 South, North Kingstown, East Greenwich (left exit). Off of RT 4, take Exit 7B (Quonset) Stay on RT 403. RT 403 will become Roger Williams Way. After the 3rd traffic light on Roger Williams Way take a left onto Conway Street. Follow signs to Air National Guard Base. From Points South (Connecticut, New York) - Take …
Why is the "5" on the Thunderbirds' lead solo pilot's plane upside down?
The skies over coastal Rhode Island are going to get mighty noisy this week as the 21st Rhode Island National Guard Open House & Air Show gears up this coming Saturday and Sunday. The noisiest of the gaggle of performers this year is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who arrived into Quonset Tuesday morning in their F-16 fighter jets. This year's headliners, the Thunderbirds are set to perform both days in the afternoon sessions. The crew will be honoring Army Sgt. Michael Paranzino of Middletown as part of their "Fallen Warrior" salute. Paranzino's name will be seen on the gear door of the number one aircraft to honor the soldier, who tragically passed away in 2010 after an IED attack. Six planes will be in the air for the Thunderbirds …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Yesterday's air show sold out with two hours left in the show.
Sold out. For the first time in its 21-year history, the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show sold out. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, with two hours left in the show and more than an hour before the Blue Angels were set to perform, the RI National Guard closed the show's gates to any additional visitors. According to multiple reports, traffic was backed up to Route 95 in Warwick with people trying to get into the show. For the thousands who did make it inside the gates, they were treated to performances by the Geico Skytypers, a race between John Klatt's ANG plane and Neal Darnell's jet truck, explosions and much more. For those who didn't make it into the show, check out our gallery and video above. Remember, there's always next …