WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — More than 300,000 people are expected at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach this weekend.
Among those set to appear at the Air Show is aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker. CBS2’s Meg Baker got to fly sky-high with Tucker on Friday.
Baker found herself 4,000 feet off the ground, and upside down over Long Island.
“I’m a little nervous,” she told Tucker before they took off.
Tucker has performed more than 1,000 times in front of more than 125 million fans.
“Seeing the freedom of flight; the third dimension – for me to be a part of it is a huge honor,” Tucker said. “I’m going to have a blast.”
Baker was warned about what to expect when she hopped into the plane.
“First part of the ride is going to be loops, rolls, hammerheads — and we’ll see how you are handling that,” Tucker said.
And Baker was more than just a passenger. Tucker taught her how to do it all.
“I get bored if I’m just doing it. I want to share it with you. I want to teach you,” he said. “This is a trusting relationship.”
The first thing was to put on a parachute and hop into the copilot seat and buckle in nice and tight. And high in the air, Baker got control of the plane – and she had no trouble at all!
So what inspired daredevil Tucker?
“There was an old black-and-white TV show – ‘It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!’ and I just loved this concept – this notion that you can fly,” Tucker said.
Baker experienced the alley-oop, the centrifuge, the double hammerhead, and the foreward flip. She agreed with Tucker that the sights were beautiful.
Also back this year at the Bethpage Air Show U.S Air Force Thunderbirds are back this year.
“We haven’t seen them since 2009,” State Parks spokesperson George Gorman said.
On Friday morning, the Thunderbirds also took part in a flyover along the Hudson River as part of New York Fleet Week.
PHOTOS: Thunderbird Flyover