For the first time the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will feature a trio of jet teams, including the acclaimed U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which will be making its seventh such appearance at the popular summer kick-off event.
This lineup for year’s air show, which will run from May 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., also boasts rookie flight squad, the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, as well as legendary aerobatic performer, Sean D. Tucker and his custom-built Oracle Challenger II.
Rounding out the rest of the jet team will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ counterpart across the northern border, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, and the Breitling Jet Team, a civilian aerobatics team, which will be making its second appearance at the venerable air show.
This year marks the 70th anniversary for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels—and their seventh appearance over the skies of Jones Beach State Park.
Organizers touted this year’s lineup as the most prolific in the air show’s 13-year history.
“This year’s 2016 Bethpage Air Show is one of, if not the best, schedule of performers we have ever seen in the history of the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park,” George Gorman, Deputy Regional Director, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, said in a statement.
The air show consistently attracts hundreds of thousands of fans to the historic South Shore beach each year. Last year’s show saw 325,000 people come out to see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soar over Long Island.
Also ringing in the unofficial start to the summer season this Memorial Day will be the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, making their 12th Bethpage Air Show appearance, and the dynamic GEICO Skytypers.
In another first, SUNY Farmingdale’s Flying Rams will make their debut when they fly a fleet of seven college-owned aircrafts.
The air show itself is free but visitors will be charged a $10 vehicle fee. New York State Empire Passport holders will not be charged.
While you prepare for the air show, check out Press managing editor Timothy Bolger’s death-defying experience with Sean D. Tucker prior to last year’s event.