2006-06-02 / Community

271 Thousand Flock To Jones Beach For Blue Angels

Record crowds, including many Rockaway residents, flocked to Jones Beach to see the year's premier air show, featuring the U.S. Navy Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, on Sunday, the day before Memorial Day. The air show also featured other highperformance jet aircraft as well as antique planes and barnstormers. Pictured, a formation that includes, from left, a vintage P-51 Mustang (the plane that helped to win WW II), an F-15 Strike Eagle, an F-16 Falcon and an A-10 Warthog (a ground support aircraft).

Four of the Blue Angels team begin an intricate maneuver at 1,500 miles per hour. Four of the Blue Angels team begin an intricate maneuver at 1,500 miles per hour. The F-18 Hornets that make up the demonstration team includes four aircraft that fly wingtip to wingtip in their maneuvers, while two "solos" perform deathdefying acts. The F-18 Hornets that make up the demonstration team includes four aircraft that fly wingtip to wingtip in their maneuvers, while two "solos" perform deathdefying acts. The aircraft flown by the Navy pilots of the Blue Angels spread their wings over the dunes of Jones Beach as hundreds of thousands watch from below. The aircraft flown by the Navy pilots of the Blue Angels spread their wings over the dunes of Jones Beach as hundreds of thousands watch from below. The entire team goes supersonic low over the dunes. The entire team goes supersonic low over the dunes.

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