by Angela Sasso |

While the popular Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show will still go on in a different capacity.

The typical two-day flight demonstration that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators is going online for 2020.

The show organizers announced a series of online activities and a virtual airshow the months of May and June in place of the yearly outing. Scroll down to see the details.

“We are all experiencing some changes in our lives right now, but virtual events like this allow us to remain connected in a meaningful way,” said George Gorman, regional director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “I know our fans will enjoy this special show. We also ask our fans to continue to support all of the healthcare workers and essential employees who are on the front lines, helping to fight COVID-19.”

schedule of events

May 8 – May 22
The Bethpage Air Show Fan Photo Album opens during this timeframe where fans of the airshow can submit past photos from previous airshows of themselves and loved ones. The link for information on how to submit your photos can be found here:www.bethpageairshow.com

May 11 – May 29
The 2021 Airshow Sweepstakes will be available. You can enter to win 2021 Bethpage Air Show tickets to watch the show from Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s VIP tent by visiting their Facebook page, to enter you must participate in trivia and photo hunt contests! Information can be found here:facebook.com/bethpageairshow

May 19
On this day, the Bethpage Airshow Activity Book will become available on the same website as linked before. This will be an activity for kids, and adults. You will be able to download word searches, complete the pictures, make your own paper airplanes, and coloring pages that contain all content relating to the Bethpage Air Show, performers, jets, and planes.

May 23
This day will be the release of Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Volunteer Video Montage. You will get to virtually meet many behind the scenes volunteers who donate their time to produce one of the largest public events in New York State, the airshow. Volunteers will share some of their behind the scenes photos and offer personalized video messages to fans. You can find this information on the main site the day of.

May 24
The Bethpage Virtual Air Show will take place Memorial Day weekend, on May 24 , times and details will be posted on the website. Watch the pilots perform their breathtaking stunts with tumbles upside down and turns throughout the sky. The air show’s director will welcome fans to the show. Performers and pilots will be sharing extra special recorded messages with fans along with footage from some of their favorite air show performances and memories so far.

June 1
The search for the “Biggest Blue Angels Fan” sweepstakes will begin. You can enter the sweepstakes by sharing details on why you are the biggest fan of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a personalized video message from a Blue Angel Pilot; you will be able to enter from June 1 until the deadline of June 12. The winner will be announced on June 19 (details on how to enter are on the website).

Top: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels performing at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach (credit: Angela Sasso)