BGR Hosts 50th Anniversary Open House

It was a windy day but that didn’t stop aviation enthusiasts from Bangor to as far away as Massachusetts from coming to the Queen City to help celebrate Bangor International Airport’s 50th Anniversary.

Spectators were treated to a front row view to everything from a Cessna doing pattern work to 6 Finnish F/A-18s heading to Red Flag Alaska, a United Airlines 757 tech stop and later on, a pair of T-38 Trainers from Whiteman Air Force Base in Arizona.

LifeFlight of Maine taxied across runway 33 from their base with their fixed wing Super King Air, affectionately named 901 Lima Mike for tours while Assistant Airport Manager James Canders manned the bus to narrate tours around the field.

The award winning snow removal team had their tools of the trade on display inside and out along with a de-icing truck, large tug used to pushing back the larger aircraft that visit Bangor as well as some of the airport’s spotter club members showing photos and frequency monitoring. The Maine Troop Greeters were there as well as Irving Oil talking about how the fuel for the aircraft gets to the airport and their partnership with the airport.

Kids were challenged to bowling and hockey games as well as cotton candy and goodies and a bbq in the tent on the lawn.

A huge thank you to the airport management and their team for putting on a great day of fun and aviation geekery. With a free air show to boot! Here’s to another 50 years of continued growth and success in Bangor!


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