Wednesday, May 25

American Airpower Museum’s WWII Arsenal of Democracy Aircraft at Jones Beach Air Show!

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In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, American Airpower Museum (AAM) continues their historic participation in the Jones Beach Air Show, flying their fabled “Arsenal of Democracy” warbirds over Jones Beach on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th!  AAM’s fleet of iconic and meticulously restored military aircraft will include a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transport, Grumman TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber, P-51D Mustang Fighter, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Fighter, and two AT-6 Texan trainers.  Two FA-18 Super Hornet Growlers will once again be in attendance, subject to other military commitments.
If you can’t make it to Jones Beach for the Air Show, get a glimpse of these awe-inspiring aircraft as they take off towards Jones Beach and later, as they return to Hangar 3 at Republic Airport on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, or watch them practice in preparation for the show on Friday, May 27th.  You can park for FREE in AAM’s lot and along New Highway.   Bring the family, hang out all day and watch the pilots start their engines, taxi out and take off to join the Jones Beach Air Show action.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with these propeller-driven bombers and fighters of yesteryear!  Flight experiences also available each day on one of AAM’s AT-6 Texans and Waco Biplane!
According to AAM President Jeff Clyman, the goal for this three-day extravaganza 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, reservists and national guard who continue this mission to our present day.”
The Air Show features a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, “The Warthog,” flying over Jones Beach.  AAM has its very own A-10 “Warthog,” our nation’s premier close air support attack aircraft and it’s on display outside Hangar 3, with staff ready to answer your questions about its special features and armaments!
Cockpit USA, the official supplier to the USAF of the A-2 leather jacket and sponsor of the American Airpower Museum, will host a group of Cockpit USA Pilot Brand Ambassadors wearing their Cockpit USA jackets throughout the Memorial Day weekend: Annie Vogel (@pilotannie), Tory Crosby (@torpilot), Mark Brown @worldofmark and Bruno (@flywithbruno).  In addition, California Tom Cruise, the celebrated Tom Cruise impersonator, will spend Sunday, May 29th at the museum to meet and greet fans for photo ops two days after the long-awaited TOP GUN Maverick movie launch.  Every paying museum guest (18 and over) throughout the weekend will be entered to win the NEW Cockpit USA Movie Hero Top Gun CWU, replica of the jacket Tom Cruise wears in the movie.
The American Airpower Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. each day of the Memorial Day Weekend. There is no additional charge to see the aircraft on practice days or on show days.  Arrive early and stay all day.  Museum admission for adults is $20, seniors and veterans $15 and children 5-12 $10.  Tickets and pre-registration are not required, and admission is on a first come first serve basis.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all three days.  Don’t miss this one!  Three days of action to thrill aviation fans of all ages!

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