More than 40,000 people attended last month’s Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Landing, helping the LRA for the former Brunswick Naval Air Station break even on the event’s $800,000 cost.
The air show — which featured the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s precision flying team — was the second held at the air station since it officially closed. Last year’s event attracted 25,000 after the event was interrupted by Hurricane Irene.
Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), said the goal of the event is to continue the Brunswick air show’s tradition, which dates to 1962, and to showcase the reuse project to prospective tenants, rather than to raise money for the redevelopment, reported Seacoastsonline.com.
Next year’s air show is scheduled for Sept. 14-15, and will feature the Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision flying team.
In a recent editorial, the Bangor Daily News pointed to the reuse at Brunswick Landing as a model for other communities facing economic challenges. The piece highlighted MRRA’s integrated redevelopment strategy linking the project’s focus on innovation with the local community college system and the Maine Technology Institute.
ADC’s first Base Redevelopment Forum will be held in September 2013 in Portland, Maine, and will offer special tours of Brunswick Landing.