N.Y. Air Show will host Thunderbirds, Blue Angels in back-to-back years

Event will be held Sept. 15-16 in 2018 and Aug. 24-25 in 2019 at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor

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  • U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration squadron will headline the 2018 New York Air Show on Sept. 15-16 at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.

— The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration squadron will headline the 2018 New York Air Show and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be featured at the event in 2019, Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced last week.

The dates for the 2018 New York Air Show are Sept. 15-16 and the 2019 event is set for Aug. 24-25 at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.

“The New York Air Show has had a positive impact on Orange County since we brought it back in 2015,” Neuhaus said. “It has boosted tourism, generating millions of dollars for local businesses, while showcasing our beautiful county and Stewart Airport. We look forward to hosting it with our partners, the Port Authority and B. Lilley Productions, for years to come.”

ThunderbirdsThe U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, known to the entire world as the “Thunderbirds”, is the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue.

The Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft.

The Thunderbirds squadron is composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel.

The Blue AngelsThe Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron with aviators from the Navy and Marines.

The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.

The six demonstration pilots fly F/A-18 Hornets in more than 30 shows at various locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays from their inaugural 1946 season.

More information is available online at airshowny.com or follow the show on Facebook.

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