Guide: 2019 Bethpage Air Show at Jones BeachPosted: Updated:
The Bethpage Air Show has returned to Jones Beach State Park for its 16th year, with high-flying stunts and incredible performances in the skies! Here's everything you need to know before heading to the beach.
WHEN: The two-day air show kicked off Saturday, May 25, and continues Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. But get there early -- parking fills up quickly!
WHERE: The event is held at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh. Click here for directions.
WHO'S PERFORMING: Military performers include the Golden Knights, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, B-17 Yankee Lady, US Navy F-18 Super Hornet, and a US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demonstration. Civilian performances will include the GEICO Skytypers, American Airpower Museum Warbirds, Bayport Aerodrome Society, David Windmiller, John Klatt Airshows/Jack Links' Screamin' Sasquatch, Matt Chapman, Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter, Farmingdale State College Aviation, and Team Oracle: Sean D. Tucker and Jessy Panzer.
PARKING: As we noted, parking fills up quickly -- so arrive bright and early. The Bethpage Air Show has a new mobile app that lets you sign up for notifications on parking and more. To get the app, text "AIRSHOW" to 484848, or get more information at the Bethpage Air Show Facebook page.
HOW MUCH: Event entry is free, but parking costs $10.
SECURITY: Expect K-9 units, tactical teams in camouflage, cement barriers and trucks positioned to keep crowds safe, and more security measures at the event. You can find more details here.
WEATHER: Keep an eye on the forecast! In past years, the air show has been rained out due to wet weather. Check the Memorial Day Weekend Forecast in the News 12 Weather Center.
WATCH: Meteorologist Geoff Bansen gets quite a view from the Team Windmiller plane:
IS THERE A VIP EXPERIENCE? Obviously! The Jones Beach Chalet lets guests take in the show from a private beachfront area for Chalet ticketholders only. It includes meals, beverage service, a parking pass and use of private restroom facilities. More information is available at the Bethpage Air Show website.
CROWD SIZE: According to organizers, about 207,000 people turned out on Saturday alone for the 2018 Air Show.
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