I’ve marked my calendar and set my alarm to get to Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, as early as possible for the 7th annual Memorial Day Weekend Air Show, which is guaranteed to be thrilling, especially as you see the most amazing airborne aerobatics right in front of you, as you gaze into the limitless horizon of the Atlantic Ocean.
The United States Navy Blue Angels, the world’s oldest and most renowned flight demonstration squadron, will headline the Bethpage Federal Credit Union 2010 Air Show at Jones Beach, on Memorial Day weekend 2010 at Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, on Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Air Show, now in its 7th year, is free to the public, but the standard $10 vehicle use fee will be collected each day upon entry to the State Park. (The event has become so popular, last year the roadway was shut down and cars turned away; people parked on the median and walked).
A US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration, often called the “Greatest Show Above Earth,” amazes nearly 15 million people each year with heart-stopping feats providing the thrill and magic of flight to fans of all ages. The first Bethpage Air Show in 2004 headlined the US Navy Blue Angels, who again will execute a Precision Demonstration over the Atlantic Ocean in front of the shores of Jones Beach State Park. Joining the US Navy Blue Angels are some of the top military and civilian performers including the Canadian Air Forces CF-18 Demonstration Team.
In addition the United States Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Forces F-18 Demo Team, to this year’s scheduled performers include: United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, A-10 East Demo Team, United States Air Force Heritage, 106th New York Air National Guard Air Flight Rescue Demo HC-130/HH-60, Sean D. Tucker – Team Oracle, Julie Clark, Matt Chapman – Embry Riddle, John Klatt – National Guard Reserve, GEICO Skytypers, Ed Hamill – Living the Dream, American Air Power Museum Warbirds, Warbirds Over Long Island, David Windmiller, Chuck Aaron – Red Bull Helicopter and Parachute Demo, Kirby Chambliss – Red Bull Race Pilot. For additions to the performance schedule, visit www.jonesbeachairshow.com.
For more information about the Air Show, contact the New York State Parks Department Regional Office, Recreation Department at 631/321-3510 or visit www.jonesbeachairshow.com, visit Bethpage at www.lovebethpage.com, or become an Air Show Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/jonesbeachairshow.