Memorial Day Weekend, at the end of May, is when we honor our fallen Veterans, the sacrifices made by active duty military and those retired from service. In observance of Memorial Day, the American Airpower Museum (AAM) in Farmingdale, New York, will continue their historic participation in the Bethpage Air Show, flying their magnificent aircraft over Jones Beach on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th. The museum’s press release notes…
AAM’s fleet of iconic, meticulously restored military aircraft currently scheduled to take part will include a B-25 Mitchell, Douglas C-47 Skytrain, Grumman TBM Avenger, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, P-51D Mustang, AT-6 Texan and AT-28-D5 Nomad.
On May 29th and May 30th, Hangar 3 opens at 10:00 a.m. Arrive there early, park your car, sign in and enjoy the exhibits. During the morning, you’ll be called outside to watch our pilots start their engines, taxi and lift off, performing exciting flybys with Republic Air Traffic Control permission, before leaving to join the air show over Jones Beach. Have lunch and, later on, watch as our aircraft return from Jones Beach in the afternoon, touch down and taxi back to Hangar 3. Flight experiences are also available each day with AAM’s AT-6 Texan and Waco biplane!
AAM also welcomes three visiting U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets from May 27th through May 30th. These Hornets are exclusive to AAM, as they will not be participating in the air show over Jones Beach. They will reside on AAM’s ramp all four days. Be there early in the morning to watch the Hornets touch down at Republic Field, our home base, on Thursday, May 27th. They are scheduled to depart on May 31st or June 1st. Furthermore, AAM’s WWII aircraft will also take part in practice flying (morning and afternoon) on the Thursday and Friday before the weekend air show
According to AAM’s founder, Jeff Clyman, the goal for this four-day salute is two-fold: “To honor the men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who built, maintained and piloted the iconic warbirds of yesteryear in a bold defense of freedom during World War II, as well as active duty military, national guard and reservists who continue this mission and command the skies in advanced supersonic jet aircraft to our present day.”
Since not everyone can be at Jones Beach on the Saturday and Sunday of the show, Jeff Clyman decided to stage this four-day salute so folks on the beach, as well as those closer to home, can enjoy AAM’s warbirds. So, if you want to avoid the Wantagh Parkway crawl to Jones Beach, you can park instead for FREE in AAM’s lot and along New Highway! Bring the family, hang out with us all day, and watch exciting warbirds in action each day!
One other note, the Air Show will feature a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flying over Jones Beach. AAM has its very own A-10 on display outside Hangar 3; staff are ready to answer your questions about its special features and armament!
Admission for Adults is $15, Seniors & Veterans $10 and Children 5-12 $8. Tickets and pre-registration are not required; admission is on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Museum can now operate at 100% capacity, in accordance with New York’s May 19th lifting of pandemic capacity limits, however, there is still a need for social distancing and guests must wear face masks plus have temperatures taken at the door. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all four days, plus AAM is open Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day. Don’t miss this one!
About the American Airpower Museum
The American Airpower Museum is an aviation museum located on the landmarked former site of Republic Aviation at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY. The Museum maintains a collection of aviation artifacts and an array of aircraft spanning the many years of the aircraft factory’s history. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Educational Foundation Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. For more information, please visit www.americanairpowermuseum.com
Below is the beautiful Warbird Digest cover for issue #87. The uniquely historic B-25 Mitchell Miss HAP, operated by the American Airpower Museum captured for Warbird Digest through the lens of Greg Morehead. You can buy this issue at https://warbirddigest.com