Annual air show attracts thousands to Jones Beach
Tens of thousands of Long Island residents flocked to Jones Beach Saturday to enjoy the 6th annual air show put on by the Air Force Thunderbirds.
Laying in perfect formation high above the awestruck spectators, the F-16 pilots demonstrated their skills as they swooped and pivoted at speeds of nearly 1,000 mph.
"They're really amazing, and I don't have any words to describe it," says Pamela Schwartz, of Massapequa.
Schwartz was one of some 180,000 people who watched the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Jones Beach Air Show. In addition to the Thunderbirds, the crowd had a chance to take a peek at the Oracle Challenger Stunt Biplane.
"It's something you got to come down to see," says Paula Eisler, of Cold Spring Harbor. "If you haven't been down here, it's something you don't want to miss."
The final act of the day was performed by the 106th Rescue Air Wing, based out of Westhampton. The local pilots demonstrated how they pull astronauts and downed pilots out of the ocean, and showed mid-air refueling of search and rescue helicopters that allows them to stay airborne for hours.
Those who missed the air show Saturday will have a chance to catch it Sunday at Jones Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.