New York Air Show at Stewart to be major event

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STEWART AIRPORT – The New York Air
Show at Stewart Airport, scheduled for the weekend of August 29 and 30,
is expected to draw thousands from the Mid-Hudson and metropolitan regions
and feature military aircraft from the past to present.

“This air show will be the single largest event ever to take place
at this airport and we are delighted to host it,” said Stewart Manager
Ed Harrison.

Stewart Manager Ed Harrison and Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus
stand on the tarmac with military aircraft behind them

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves,
said the air show will especially honor the military, past and present.
He noted there are some 69,000 veterans who live in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Headlining the show will be the US Air Force F-22 Raptor, America’s
newest superfighter. Also participating with aerial maneuvers will be
the Navy F-18F Super Hornet, the Navy Seals Leap Frogs parachute jump
team and the West Point Parachute Team.

Civilian performers will include the Horsemen, a three ship P-51 formation
flight team, and the GEICO Skytoppers six aircraft World War II era flight
team.

The air show will also feature a large display of static aircraft including
the Air National Guard’s C-17 cargo jet and the Marine Reserves
KC-130 transport plane, both based at the Stewart Air National Guard Base.

Tickets, which are on sale at www.AirShowNY.com, start at $12 until July
6.

While officials could not provide an estimate of how many people are expected
to attend, State Police Captain Brendan Casey said the 2003 air show at
Stewart attracted 20,000 people to the airport and an estimated 80,000
to the area.