Nominate a ‘Hometown Hero’ for ride in fighter jet during Brunswick air show

Posted May 02, 2012, at 5:01 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has teamed up with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to host the flight of a “hometown hero” at the 2012 Great State of Maine Air Show, which will be held Aug. 24-26.

The flight was designed by the Thunderbirds to recognize local citizens whose contributions have made a difference in their community. Upon Air Force approval and aircraft availability, the selected winner will have the opportunity to fly in a Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcon during a preshow practice flight.

A “hometown hero” might be a community volunteer, a citizen who heroically saved a life, a local firefighter, paramedic, police officer, a valued teacher or a renowned community mentor. Not eligible are elected and appointed officials, board directors or other individuals who have the ability to garner publicity in their own right. Convicted felons also are not eligible.

Nominations should consist of the nominee’s name and a 300- to 500-word essay highlighting his or her achievements. Nominations should be submitted by email to info@greatstateofmaineairshow.us by June 9 with the subject line “Hometown Hero.”

Nominations also can be mailed, postmarked by June 8, to: MRRA, 2 Pegasus St., Suite 1, Unit 200, Brunswick, ME 04011, Attn: Hometown Hero.

For complete eligibility rules, including height, weight, age and other requirements, go to www.greatstateofmaineairshow.us and click on the involvement link to learn more.

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority is a public municipal corporation established by the Maine Legislature to oversee the commercial development of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and the former Topsham Navy Annex.

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