MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The United States Air Force Thunderbirds flying team is returning to Jones Beach next Memorial Day.

That’s the word Tuesday from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who has lobbied for its return.

This will be the team’s first performance at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach since 2009. The Thunderbirds had been scheduled to perform in 2013 but had to cancel because of federal budget cuts.

“We lost the show for last year, so people were really psyched to have it back after the sequester,” show-goer Bob Friedman said in May.

The Navy’s Blue Angels flying team performed at the show this past May.

Schumer calls the Thunderbirds’ appearance the “cherry on top” of the festive weekend.

As many as 400,000 people attend the annual air show at the Long Island landmark state park.

You Might Also Be Interested In:

[display-posts category=”news” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


Leave a Reply