The Blue Angels fly in formation during an air show.


Big Crowd On Hand For First Day Of Annual Bethpage Air Show

May 26, 2018 - 1:08 pm

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Hundreds of thousands turned out Saturday, for the 15th Annual Bethpage Air Show, which featured aerial acrobatics that delighted most in attendance.

The best conditions were expected for the first day of the two day air show, with rain and storms which could ground performers expected to come after 3 p.m. Rain is likely during the day on Sunday.

The Navy's Blue Angels are making their eighth appearance at the show. They will hit speeds of up to 700 mph while flying within 18 inches of each other.

Commander Eric Doyle said he and his team often think of those who came before them.

“It’s a privilege to wear this uniform,” he said.

The Blue Angels typically close out the show.

This year'sshow will also include performances by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, U.S. Air Force f-22 Raptor, and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.