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2016 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Could Break Records, Officials Say

This weekend’s Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach could be the biggest
yet, organizers of the annual aerobatic demonstration cheered Friday.

 Standing under a picturesque blue sky amid the hum of civilian and military planes circling from way above for a rehearsal run, New York State park officials said this weekend’s generous forecast, combined with a star-studded cast of pilots, could portend record-breaking attendance of 400,000-plus guests.

“It’s a great way to honor our military veterans,” George Gorman, deputy regional director of NYS Parks for the Long Island region, told a few dozen onlookers and media gathered on the beach’s famous boardwalk.

The two-day event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will for the first time in the show’s 13-year history feature three jet teams, most notably the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Rounding out the all-star jet trio are Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and France’s Breitling Jet Team.

Also performing draw-dropping maneuvers over the Atlantic will be the Farmingdale-based GEICO Skytypers, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and legendary aerobatic performer, Sean D. Tucker. 

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