Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00
On Memorial Day weekend, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will honor the United States Navy and its 100th anniversary during this year’s Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, now in its eighth year.
Fans will be treated to performances from the world’s most elite military and civilian pilots including the T-6 and T-34 U.S. Navy aircrafts. There will also be a rare performance from the U.S. Air Force F22 Raptor Stealth jet fighter, known as by far the best and most expensive fighter jet in the world, with its advanced combination of stealth, speed, agility and unparalleled precision.
The Air Show will be held on Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is free to the public, but the standard $10 vehicle use fee will be collected each day upon entry to the state park.
“Bethpage is honored to play a significant role in helping bring this world class event to the Long Island community,” said Kirk Kordeleski, president and CEO, Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “For eight years now, we have tremendously enjoyed working hand in hand with the New York State Parks Department and are looking forward to this year’s centennial celebration, a true milestone for our country and the many men and women serving in our nation’s military.”
This year’s show will feature three world-renowned aerobatic pilots including Sean Tucker who was named a “Smithsonian Living Legend” and has been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Lt. Colonel John Klatt, an active member of the Air National Guard, who has flown three combat deployments in the Middle East, will take fans through an amazing sequence of jaw-dropping aerial maneuvers. Michael Goulian, a world-renowned sports aviator, will be making his Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach debut. Goulian, who took the U.S. National Advanced Champions title at the young age of 22, and Unlimited National Aerobatic Championship in 1995, has an edgy and aggressive flying style that has brought amazement to fans across the globe.
The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will also feature a Jones Beach Chalet Service for those interested in sharing the weekend event with clients, employees, family and friends. The Chalet Service offers a private cordoned area on the beach at flight line center, offering unrestricted views, a shaded tent, reserved parking, Chalet status for guests, catered food and drink. For more information on Chalet Service packages, visit www.jonesbeachairshow.com or call 631/669-0449 and ask for Amy.
For more information about the Air Show, contact the New York State Parks Department Regional Office, Recreation Department at 631/321-3510 or visit www.jonesbeachairshow.com.