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Memorial Day Air Show

Blue-AngelsIn honor of Memorial Day, and as a commemoration to U.S. men and women who died while in military service, there are traditions and celebrations all over the country. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, the flag is traditionally at half-staff in the morning, and families use this day for picnics and barbecues.

For Memorial Day this year, Jones Beach, New York, gets a special treat. On May 29-30, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Team as well as some of the best civilian and military aerobatic performers will be performing in the 2010 Bethpage Federal Credit Union New York Air Show.

The show begins at 10am and will end at 3pm. The other military performers include the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the A-10 East Demo Team, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Demonstration Team, and the NY Air National Guard – Search & Rescue.

The show will be an exciting day of food, fun, and really fast aircrafts. The American Airpower Museum will host tours of current and vintage military aircraft on static display.

The Blue Angels will be highlighting the event. They have been a leader in flight training, aerobotics, and famous pilots since its inception in 1946.

Their mission is to “enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.”

The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the show season.

A Blue Angels flight demonstration displays choreographed perfection of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The demonstration begins with the Blue Angels’ C-130 (view photo), affectionately called “Fat Albert,” exhibiting maximum performance capabilities for ten minutes.

Next, is the four-jet Diamond Formation (view photo) in synchronization with the lighting-fast, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots.

Lastly, the team performs the highlight of the event, executing maneuvers locked as a unit in the famous, six-jet Delta Formation (view photo).

The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 68 air shows at 35 sites in the U.S. during this year’s season. They are celebrating their 23rd year of flying the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. Last season, more than 8 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform.

By starting your flight training, you too could have a chance of being a part of this amazing aerobotic team of pilots.

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