Air Show Flies High Over Jones Beach

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hundreds of thousands attend the Jones Beach air show each year. (Long Island State Parks)

Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the annual air show at Jones Beach on Long Island on Memorial Day Weekend.

Military and stunt performers including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be flying high over the beach in daredevil maneuvers and patriotic formations on Saturday and Sunday.

“You go down to the air show and you see all the military performers, you see all of the military displays,” said George Gorman, deputy regional director of New York State Parks on Long Island. “You see everything that, you know, would be inspiring for you to be an American.”

Crowds at the Jones Beach air show number in the hundreds of thousands. (image courtesy Long Island State Parks)

Image Courtesy John Williams/Long Island State Parks.

Gorman said a highlight for him is when the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute down with an American flag. He also said he expects the event to draw many service men and women in the area, especially since the show coincides with Fleet Week in New York City.

Other performers this year include the U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet, and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor. To read more about the performers, click here.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Gorman said crowds could reach 350,000 people over the two-day show, and entry points are closed off once the beach reaches capacity. Admission to the show is free. Parking at Jones Beach is $10.

To see photos of past air shows at Jones Beach, click through the slideshow below.

John Williams/Long Island State Parks
The U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute down during the Jones Beach air show.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are among the most popular performers at the Jones Beach air show.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels in formation during the Jones Beach air show.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
The U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
The U.S. Navy's F-18 Super Hornet
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
GEICO Skytypers.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will fly in for the 2012 Jones Beach air show.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
Attendees look to the skies.
John Williams/Long Island State Parks
A packed boardwalk and beach during the Jones Beach air show.


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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

MEMORIAL DAY SHOULD HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL, irrespective of the righteousness or political practicality and economic driving causes that may well have been the motivations. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles, voice production and dramaturgy techniques. I have sung in four concerts, three of them three hours-long solo concerts and one concert, a Joint Recital with the dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann, in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the SOHO venue at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country, faith in oneself and joy in the hedonism and knowledge in and of the arts with Florestan's Gott welch Dunkel hier from Beethoven's Fidelio [a political prisoner inspired in the hope of rescue by his wife Leonora], New York, New York, This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, , Do You Hear the People Sing, My Way, Kumbaya, Play Gypsies, Dance Gypsies, The Impossible Dream [The Quest], Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, Memory, Music of the Night, There's No Business Like Show Business, Earth Anthem and two other selections. My websites;, and, where one may download free 37 complete selections from my three solo, three hour long and one Joint Recital with dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall.

May. 27 2012 10:44 AM

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