Bethpage air show at Jones Beach State Park was canceled on Saturday due to bad weather
Bethpage’s air show at Jones Beach State Park was canceled on Saturday because it would be too dangerous for pilots to attempt jaw-dropping stunts in such rain, high winds and poor visibility.
“It’s not safe,” said George Gorman, Long Island Regional Director, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The mixture of all these conditions “meant that no artist could really leave today.”
It remains to be seen whether Sunday’s show – the second and final day of Memorial Day weekend in Wantagh – will suffer the same fate.
“We’re hopeful for tomorrow; unfortunately the weather (the forecast) doesn’t look the best,” Gorman told Newsday in a video interview. “It’s a little disappointing,” added Gorman, who founded the series in 2004.
However, a live streaming option has been provided, and Friday’s rehearsal – along with pilot interviews – airs on Saturday. WABC-TVand WABC Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
“It’s going to be a bit live with the performers talking in the studio, more or less, and then they’re going to see the recorded version from yesterday, so it’s going to be really cool,” Gorman said.
While last year’s show was canceled due to the pandemic, bad weather has only done so twice: in 2013 and 2018. “Even though we have to cancel tomorrow, four times since 2004, it’s been canceled. is a really good track record, ”Gorman said.
Friday’s rehearsal, he said, drew 46,000 fans – attendance was reduced to 50% to avoid spreading the virus – although “it was a bit brutal, with the cold and the wind coming in. of the ocean”.