NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — Thousands turned out to watch air crafts turn tricks at New York’s Air Show in New Windsor today, one day after an airman died while practicing his stunts.
Seasoned pilot Andrew Wright was killed during a practice flight Friday. Organizers opened Saturday's event with a moment of silence. Planes flew in honor of Wright.
“Thats a tragedy. But it’s nice to see that they are going on with the show,” said spectator Chet Hayes.
Aircrafts jetted across the sky in formation, some came daringly close to each other. A fighter jet levitated in mid air, while spinning around 180 degrees. A helicopter crew performed a mock rescue operation, and even bowed to the crowd when the stunt was over.
“It’s really amazing like seeing it all in the sky,” said Madeline Fanelli, who attended with her dad and brother.
But the crowd was most in awe of the fighter jets. One roared so intensely, the event’s announcer said it has the capacity to shatter windows.
“It was loud, and it was cool,” said Devon Burburan, a grade schooler who could name nearly every aircraft in the sky.
“It’s spectacular. It’s unbelievable, and I love every minute of it,” said Burburan’s grandfather, John.
Not only were people watching up above, but some were also shopping for planes on the ground. At least one was being modeled as a timeshare, meaning you could own part of it and fly when you needed, for as little as $1,000 a month.
The New York Air Show took over 50 acres of Stewart International Airport. The show ends tomorrow.