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.