BRUNSWICK — The first Brunswick air show after the base closes is getting a boost from the Navy, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011.

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority previously announced that the Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team would headline the event next year. Now the Navy has designated the event as one of only 32 official “Tier 1” events to commemorate the 100th anniversary milestone.

In the past, the event was known as the Great State of Maine Air Show.

Now it’s being used to showcase the base for businesses, and it’ll be called the Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo. The expo will showcase Brunswick Landing to the business aviation community.

The base is due to close next May.

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