WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are headlining this weekend’s air show at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected for the annual event that started in 2004.

Pilots Prepare To Wow Crowds At Bethpage Air Show On Jones Beach

The Thunderbirds team includes a local favorite, Major Kevin Walsh, who is a Levittown native.

Besides the Thunderbirds flying their F-16 fighter jets, the show features the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. Also performing are the GEICO Skytypers and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds and numerous stunt pilots.

“If I had seen that aeronautic aerobatics on television or in the movies, I would just assume that had to be computer generated,” one spectator said.

“It reminds me of my military days and also the help — I like to see the support,” another said.

The 14th annual Bethpage Air Show is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.

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