Blue Angels finally returning to Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach


The much-anticipated annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will be back for its 18th year.

And the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will make a triumphant comeback for their ninth headline performance. 

The Bethpage Air Show is one of the most popular and largest airshows in the country, reportedly attracting more than 289,000 people in 2018.

This year’s air show takes place May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

George Gorman, regional director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation – Long Island Region, expressed his gratitude to the Bethpage Federal Credit Union and all of the show’s sponsors for their continued support for what he calls “Long Island’s greatest show.”

“This year’s highly anticipated show is going to be spectacular! We are very pleased to welcome the Blue Angels back to Long Island after their four-year absence and look forward to embracing the team’s two New York teammates,” said Gorman.

The United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will make their 16th appearance at the air show and other military performers joining the lineup include the Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Navy F-35C Tac Demonstration Team, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the 106th Rescue Wing NY Air National Guard HC – 130 / HH 60 Demonstration Team.

Jessy Panzer, a widely-known female aerobatic pilot, is flying for the second time at the Bethpage Air Show, along with the American Air Power Museum Warbirds, Long Island’s own David Windmiller and the SUNY Farmingdale State College Flying Rams, who plan to fly 22 of their college-owned aircraft.

Civilian performers on the list include the world-famous Skytypers and their flight squadron of five vintage WWII aircraft and Mike Goulian, the most decorated aerobatic pilot in North America.

The event is free to the public, but there is a $10 fee for vehicle use upon entry. 2022 NYS Empire Pass Cardholders can enter with their vehicle free of charge.

“Helping to organize the Bethpage Air Show is a labor of love for all of the show’s loyal fans and for the entire Long Island community,” said Linda Armyn, senior vice president of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.  “Not only have we begun to count down the days leading up to the show, but many of the show’s spectacular performers, have begun their countdowns as well, knowing how special it is to perform for Long Islanders over the waters of Jones Beach.”

Top: GENERAL WILLIAM J. FOX AIRFIELD, Calif. (March 21, 2014) — The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, perform at the LA County Air Show. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren/RELEASED)