Bethpage Air Show draws thousands at Jones Beach


The skies above Wantagh came alive as the Bethpage Air Show celebrated its 20th anniversary at Jones Beach State Park on Saturday, May 25.

Highlights included performances by the Skytypers, Warbird Thunder Airshows, the Farmingdale State College Flying Rams, Long Island's David Windmiller, and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds.

Headlining the event were the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's premier flight demonstration squadron, known for their precision aerobatics and thrilling performances. This was their tenth performance at the air show, and they were the first headliners at the inaugural event in 2004.

The event, which also marked the 95th anniversary of Jones Beach State Park and the 100th anniversary of New York State Parks and the Long Island State Park Commission, drew thousands of spectators. 

George Gorman, Regional Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, praised the event for bringing the community together to honor military service members and veterans.

“The show brings park visitors together to pay tribute to our nation’s great military and the pilots who serve and protect Americans, as well as our honored veterans,” Gorman said. “I would like to thank our sponsors, our volunteers as well as our Federal, State and local agencies for helping the show become a treasured Long Island tradition.”