Sunny skies for aviators and spectators alike

By Gary Ayd
Posted 8/28/19

Blue skies and white puffy clouds formed the perfect backdrop for the 2019 New York International Air Show last weekend.

The annual showcase featured a number of exciting teams including a few fan …

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Sunny skies for aviators and spectators alike

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Blue skies and white puffy clouds formed the perfect backdrop for the 2019 New York International Air Show last weekend.

The annual showcase featured a number of exciting teams including a few fan favorites and a rare attendee for U.S. air-shows.

Of course the GEICO Skytypers, led by Larry Arken were in attendance and performed shortly before 1 p.m. Another fan favorite, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, flew to close out the show which ran approximately 12-4 p.m. The Blue Angels took to the skies above Newburgh at around 3:30.

The F35, the most advanced aircraft in the world was also on display in both a short ear-drum busting solo run, where it broke the sound barrier as well as during a patriotic duet with a WWII era P51 in what was dubbed a ‘heritage flight.’

The most unique team of the day however were the Royal Air Force Red Arrows. Squadron leader Adam Collins served as the announcer during the Arrows’ display. “This is the first time here in the U.S. in 11-years,” Collins said over the PA system. “The Red Arrows have been performing shows since 1964.”

Attendees came in from both near and far, to enjoy the spectacle. Kelly Cahill Fedrizz, a mother of an Air Force servicemen and resident of Otisville, was in attendance.

“I was here last year with my son Travis while he was sworn into the air force on the Tarmac so this show is really special to us.”

In addition to the show, there were plenty of vendors as well as food and drink available for purchase. Some of the favorites included: half-pound hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken Gyros and Philly Cheesesteaks. On the beverage front, lemonade, beer and various soft drinks were available for purchase as well.

Weather was perfect with a slight breeze and low humidity helping to make the day even that much better for those in attendance. The occasional smell of burning fuel and constant roar of high-power engines created an ambiance that is unique to air shows and perhaps racing events.

Next year’s show has already been scheduled for August 29-30 at Stewart with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as the featured attraction.

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