New York-Jones Beach Air Show 2012

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While each day may have started out with clouds, fog, and even rain and some acts and displays showed up late it was a great weekend for an air show in New York.  All of Friday’s practice shows were cancelled due to fog and low ceilings, but the main shows on Saturday and Sunday went off without a hitch.

The 2012 New York-Jones Beach Air Show was headlined by both the United States Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Snowbirds.  The US Army Golden Knights parachute jump team, F/A-18 Super Hornet, C-130, and F-22 Raptor rounded out the military performers.  Both the F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-22 Raptor flew in their own respective demos.  According to many spectators who attended the show at the beach, the Super Hornet absolutely tore up the skies during the Saturday show.  With high humidity levels and the moisture coming off the ocean, the Super Hornet was said to have pulled a vapor cone for just about its entire mach pass in front of the crowd.

Sunday started off with a brief but steady rain shower that had many people worried that the days festivities would be cancelled.  However, by 9 o’clock, the clouds parted and the sun came out making way for another great day of flying.  The highlights of the day on Sunday at the American Airpower Museum, where most of the acts were based out of, had to be the F-22 Raptor flyby and the mock air attack by the Tora Tora Tora! Zero.  This Japanese Zero was actually a North American T-6 Texan modified to look like a Japanese Zero and one of the actual birds used in the movie Tora Tora Tora!

Throughout the weekend the civilian acts included aerobatic performances by the renowned Sean Tucker, John Klatt, Ed Hamill, and Matt Chapman.  A brilliant display of airmanship was put on by the Geico Skytypers flying 6 North American T-6 Texans in formation and performing breathtaking maneuvers for the crowd.  Other additions to the lineup was a P-51 Mustang, Tora Tora Tora Zero, F4U Corsair, and lastly the B-17 “Yankee Lady” from the Historic Flight Foundation, which offered many rides each day for a price of a little over $400.

One of the best looking warbirds at the show was a SB2C Helldiver brought in by the Commemorative Air Force.  This is the last remaining flight worthy Helldiver in existence.  To round out the show in the air, the wonderful folks at the American Airpower Museum located at Farmingdale Republic Airport had on hand their collection of vintage warbirds.  This collection included their P-40 Warhawk, B-25 Mitchell, various T-6 Texans, a P-47 thunderbolt, and a C-47 that participated in the D-day invasion at Normandy Beach.

On static display from the museum were their TBM Avenger, various vintage military vehicles, and entire museum collection inside.  The United States Navy had on display an EA-6B Prowler and three E/A-18 Growlers of which one was wearing Pacific Blue colors.

Story and Photos Provided by PHXSpotters member:  Stephen Furst

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