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 …
Friday, June 15, 2012
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.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Erik and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary with our girls at the NK beach and finally figured out what had been making our walls shake all week!
Erik and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary on June 24 and were ecstatic to do so and still like each other! We started reminiscing about what we’d done over the past few years – successfully moving seven times and having two adorable girls were some of the highlights. We decided to celebrate our life together with the two people that make up the center of it, Ava and Izabelle. I planned an afternoon beach getaway later in the afternoon so that we could just spend a couple of hours while the girls cooled off in the ocean. Any longer than that and we run the risk of getting their fair skin sunburned (even with the good SPF sunblock). Deciding which beach to go to and stay for a couple of hours ended up being more of a challenge than…
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 …
Today's five essentials.
The North Kingstown Town Council meets tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Beechwood Senior Center to discuss the town's wind energy ordinance. The town's planning commission recently derailed an application to erect a 389-foot wind turbine at Stamp Farm and the town pulled the building permit for the would-be site of North Kingstown's first turbine. North Kingstown's six-month moratorium on wind energy system is set to expire on July 10. This meeting is for discussion only for the council and staff. At 7 p.m., the Town Council will move on to its regular meeting, handing out the "We Are Proud of You" award to Toray, deciding whather to reappoint Dick Pastore as chair of the North Kingstown Planning Commission and considering the extension of the …
Sunday, June 26, 2011
See the view of Rhode Island from the Blue Angels' "fat" plane.
It may not fly as fast or as nimbly as the F/A-18 Hornets, but the Blue Angels’ Fat Albert is definitely a showstopper. This plane typically carries the cargo, equipment and support team for the Blue Angels, but it also does some entertaining in its spare time. With a maximum takeoff weight of 150,000 lbs, this C-130 pulls off maneuvers that would make your neighbor’s Corvette envious. During takeoff, the plane accelerates to nearly 200 mph at a 45-degree angle, causing passengers to feel two g’s of gravity. In other words, a 150-pound person feels like 300 pounds. The plane also rapidly drops its altitude, causing passengers to feel zero-gravity – a.k.a. weightlessness. But, it’s the assault landing that takes the cake. The pilots take …