FARMINGDALE - Ahead of the 10th annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach this weekend, News 12’s Elisa DiStefano conquered her fear and headed up in the air with Lt. Col. John Klatt, of the National Guard Reserve.
After a delay due to the weather, Elisa, Klatt and another plane with the crew headed into the sky in the afternoon. Soon after some smooth flying, Klatt turned the tables on Elisa, literally and flipped the plane upside. Then, it was time for the stunts! After she landed, Elisa was proud to say that she not only conquered her fear, but she didn't have any accidents up in the air.
The air show will be held Memorial Day weekend at Jones Beach, Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is free to the public, but there is a standard $10 vehicle fee to park at the state park. Those looking to view the spectacular show are advised to arrive early, as almost 400,000 people attended last year’s event.
This year’s lineup includes the Royal Canadian Air Force F18 Demonstration Team; Dusty, Star of Disney’s “Planes;” Lt. Col. John Klatt, of the National Guard Reserve; Sean D. Tucker of Team Oracle; Aerobatic Pilot Matt Chapman; Rob Holland Ultimate Air shows; The Raiders Demonstration Team; Kirby Chambliss of Team Chambliss; the Red Bull Air Force Skydiver Parachute Team; the Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team; Chuck Aaron of the Red Bull Helicopter Aerobatics; the GEICO Skytypers; Miss GEICO Speedboat; the American Airpower Museum Warbirds; and David Windmiller.
The Royal Canadian Air Force Supersonic F18 Demonstration Team, which is headlining, will be making its second appearance in the show.
For the first time, an app will be available for iPhones and Androids. The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach 10th Anniversary App will provide parking availability updates, a live show radio announcement, live aircraft-to-tower communications from Republic Airport and more. Also, a commemorative DVD will be available at toll booths to the first 1,000 cars to arrive on Saturday. And for a $10 donation, fans can receive a “Rebuilding Long Island Shore to Shore” T-shirt. All of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy victims.
For photos of Elisa up in the plane, click on the gallery on the left.