The 11th Anniversary Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach is just a month away and thousands of locals will crowd the beach to watch the annual Air Show not only to mark the unofficial start of summer but also in celebration of Memorial Day.
The Air Show features military and civilian performances presented by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Last year, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were grounded due to budget cuts. Although the budget cuts remain in effect, the Blue Angels are coming back to headline this year’s Air Show. The Blue Angels performed their first flight demonstration in June 1946. Since then, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 495 million fans.
"Our performances provide a unique opportunity to inspire millions to connect with and support our service members, and we are looking forward to an exciting 2014 season," Blue Angels' commanding officer and flight leader Commander Thomas Frosch said in a statement.
Other military performances include those from the U.S. Army Golden Knights, USMC MV-22 Osprey and the U.S. NAVY Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs.”
Some of the civilian performers include the Geico Skytypers, Sean Tucker, Misty Blues All Women Skydiving Team, David Windmiller, the Warbirds, Carl Skinner and many others. This year’s show will also be the first for John Klatt Airshows Screamin’ Sasquatch - a Jet Waco styled plane powered by two different engines.
The Air Show will run on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission for the show is free to the public but visitors will be charged $10 per vehicle for parking. However, those who carry the NYS Empire Passport will enjoy a free entry into the beach. The passport allows for unlimited access to New York State parks, beaches and recreational facilities.
If you’re planning on attending this year’s Air Show at Jones Beach, check out some of these tips that will help you have fun but also stay safe:
Thousands of people will be arriving to secure a good spot on the beach and for the show. Arriving early will save you the trouble of being stuck in traffic and ensure parking.
Whether it is sunny or cloudy, protect yourself from the sun by wearing sun screen. Even if the breeze from the ocean makes it seems cool, the sun can still cause a burn.
Bags, Backpacks and Coolers
Since you will be spending a day at the beach, bags, backpacks and coolers are acceptable to bring to carry all of your belongings and some food and drinks for a nice picnic on the beach. However, anything you bring to the beach will be searched.
Bring a Blanket
The Air Show lasts approximately five hours. Rather than standing the entire time, get comfortable by bringing a blanket or a foldable chair. In addition, bring an extra sweater or blanket to wrap around in case the weather gets a little chilly.
Although it is not necessary, earplugs are suggested for those who may have sensitive ears and for children. The sound of the jets can get loud.
Kites are prohibited as they can distract the performance which can have a negative result.
[Source: Bethpage Air Show]