1999-06-19 / Front Page

Music Air Show Set To Fly

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the Tommy Hilfiger Airship

Gateway’s 1999 Music Air Exhibition will kick off this weekend as the Tommy Hilfiger Airship, the movie version of the Memphis Belle, and a U.S. Air Force rock band are just a few of the highlights.

Held at historic Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, the event runs from noon to 6 p.m. each day and celebrates the aviation history of Floyd Bennett Field, New York’s first municipal airport.

The sixth annual Music Air Exhibition will offer Big Band music by the Serenaders in Blue and the United States Air Force Band of Liberty’s New Horizon rock band. Visitors can enjoy numerous aviation-related exhibits, including a B-25 Mitchell bomber, and displays, military reenactor groups, as well as tours of the airfield’s historic control tower and hangars.

The Hilfiger airship is 200 feet long and nearly 70 feet high and wears distinctive red, white, and blue signature colors of Tommy Hilfiger USA, Inc. Capable of carrying up to six people at a maximum speed of 65 mph, the airship will be open for tours while tethered at Floyd Bennett all weekend.

Also on display will be Spirit of Freedom, a World War II cargo plane that took part in the Berlin Airlift following the end of the war in Europe.

There will be "flying" shows, courtesy of a local radio controlled aircraft club and events for children.

Admission will be $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and teens, with children under 12 free.


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