Jones Beach Air Show 2009
Located on the south shore of Long Island, New York State, the Jones Beach State Park is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of the United States and is a popular family oriented leisure venue. On the Memorial Day Weekend (23 and 24 May 2009), the Jones Beach Air Show will once again showcase the skill of pilots and the capabilities of their aircraft to appreciative spectators gathered on the more than six miles of sandy beach.
This exciting annual event was established in 2004 and has grown in popularity each year, with a combined total of over 400,000 people attending the 2008 two-day event. Confirmed military acts for the 2009 Jones Beach Air Show include the legendary USAF Thunderbirds, US Army Golden Knights, CAF Snowbirds, a demo of the F-18F Super Hornet, an A-10 East Coast Demo, the A-10/P-51 Heritage Flight and the 106th Air National Guard. The USAF Thunderbirds perform aerobatic formations and solo flying stunts, touring the United States as well as other parts of the world. Although the Thunderbirds are essentially an air demonstration squadron, the highly trained pilots and their state-of-the-art aircraft can quickly be adapted as a fighter unit should the need arise.
Civilian pilots showcasing their aerobatic talents include John Klatt, Sean tucker, Matt Chapman and David Windmiller. Using a fleet of five aircraft, the Geico Skytypers will demonstrate their incredible teamwork as they “type” a message across the sky using eco-friendly vapor. The Yankee Air Museum will introduce the B-17 “Yankee Lady” to spectators and Warbirds Over Long Island will highlight aviation history with a fly-past of World War II airplanes. Experienced combat and air show pilot, Bill Reesman, will put his Red Bull MiG 17F through its paces, with Red Bull team-mates Kirby Chambliss and Chuck Aaron also being highlights on the program. Flying his Air Force Reserve Biplane, pilot Ed Hamill will astound spectators with his skill.
The program starts at 10:00 am each day and, for security reasons, visitors will be subject to a search. Spectators are advised to dress in beach attire, bring along their deck chairs, sunglasses and plenty of sun-block as they enjoy five hours of thrilling stunts at the Jones Beach Air Show.