Cliff Foley of the Fishkill Historical Society gives a brief history lesson on the Van Wyck Homestead’s role in the American Revolution.Alex H. Wagner/Poughkeepsie Journal
Five years ago, Sue Johnson fell in love with the New York Air Show.
And every summer since, she has made the trip to see “a spectacular show” that seems to “get better every year.”
“I’m in love with the show itself,” the City of Poughkeepsie resident said. “The planes are what keeps me coming back and (the fact) that I bring my entire family, including grandchildren.”
Johnson will be attending the second day of the event, which runs Saturday and Sunday this weekend at Stewart International Airport. This year, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the show.
In it’s third year at Stewart, the airshow brings both aviation aficionados and a big economic impact to the mid-Hudson Valley, according to Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus.
“Every year the crowds grow — it’s been nothing but successful,” Neuhaus said.
The demonstration by the Blue Angels, officially the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will include the team’s C-130, also known as “Fat Albert,” and six F/A-18 Hornets.
A flight performance of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and full capabilities demonstrations of the F-16 Viper and the C-17 Globe Master III by New York’s Air National Guard 105th Airlift Wing will also be featured.
These in-air demonstrations will be a few of over 30 military and civilian aircrafts on display for attendees this weekend. As gates open at 9 a.m. each day, attendees can view the static ground displays throughout the day until the event grounds close at 5 p.m. The air shows will run from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
With a father who served in the United States Air Force, Matthew Maiello, 28, said he’s no stranger to air shows. He’s seen the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, but has never been to the New York Air Show and never seen the Blue Angels.
“The F-35 was a big draw,” the City of Poughkeepsie resident said, adding that the F-35 is “a new (vertical take-off and landing) type aircraft. It can be a jump jet or short take off.”
The site’s close proximity to New York City allows to successfully attract thousands of attendees to Stewart, according Neuhaus.
The military presence in the county is also beneficial, Neuhaus said. Stewart is home of the Stewart Air National Guard Base, and Orange is home to both the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and 23,000 active or recently retired military members, he said.
General Manager of Stewart International Airport Ed Harrison said they are anticipating a $5.5 million impact on the local community from the two-day event.
“It’s something we certainly don’t want to turn our back to,” Harrison said.
“It has a regional impact,” Neuhaus added. “All our hotels are booked. The Blue Angels are staying in Dutchess County.”
If you go
What: New York Air Show
Where: Stewart International Airport, 1180 1st St, New Windsor, NY 12553
When: Saturday and Sunday. Parking opens at 8 a.m., Gates open at 9 a.m. Air performances run from noon-4 p.m. Event grounds close at 5 p.m.
Admission: General admission tickets purchased are $22.50 for adults and $11.25 for children ages 6-12. $30 day of event. Flight Line Club VIP tickets available. Parking passes are $15, or $20 day of event.
More info: For tickets or more information, visit airshowny.com or call 321-395-3110.
Sequence of performers to perform Saturday and Sunday:
- National Anthem Flag Jump by the West Point Parachute Team Coach
- Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts
- C-17 GlobeMaster III Demo (NYANG)
- Stearman Demo
- GEICO Skytypers
- B-25 Mitchell “Panchito” WWII Bomber
- F-16 Viper Demo
- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the Heritage Flight
- P-51 Mustang Demo
- L-39 Cold War Era Jet Demo
- David Windmiller in the Zivko Edge 540
- Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels