BRUNSWICK, Maine — Thousands of aviation enthusiasts are turning out at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station for the Great State of Maine Air Show.

The air show, organized by civilian operators of the former base, got under way in earnest with a full day of flying Saturday at Brunswick Executive Airport.

Organizers lined up a tribute to the Tuskegee airmen featured in the movie “Red Tails,” an airborne comedy routine dubbed “Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys” and performances by the world’s only all-women skydiving team. It’s all capped by the Air Force precision flying team, the Thunderbirds.

The Brunswick air show tradition dates to 1962, when the first one coincided with a visit by President John F. Kennedy, who was vacationing on a Maine island.