The Grand Old Airshow, Brookhaven Airport, Shirley, NY
September brings a home game for Warbirds Over Long Island with The Grand Old Airshow at Brookhaven Airport. The Grand Old Airshow is a two day trip back to the golden days of aviation and is a great time for all ages. This show features World War I dog fights, open cockpit bi-planes, World War II fighters and quite a few post war beauties. You can also see antique cars and motorcycles with a lot of rein-actors in period dress complete with parasols and antique bicycles.
Unfortunately on Saturday the weather was not in the mood to cooperate. The planes were rolled out to the flightline and everyone kept an eye on the sky, but the cloud cover was thick all day and flying was basically shut down. This did give the crowd lots of time to get up close and personal with all of the aircraft and ask lots of questions of the pilots and crew, but it was awfully tough not seeing everyone get to fly.
The American Airpower Museum pilots from Republic Airport brought their Goodyear Corsair, a P-40 Warhawk and the TBM Avenger. The planes were spread out across the ramp which gave everyone great access and plenty of photo ops.
Luckily, Sunday rolled around and the sun was shining brightly. The wind was kicking up pretty good but not enough to stop the show. Everyone who had bought a ticket on
Saturday was allowed to return on Sunday and the crowd was exceptional.
Early in the day Chris and Bob flew a formation and aerobatic flight. The crowd was excited to see all the planes in the air. Since this is our home field the guys really put on a great show. Later in the day Bob and Chris were joined in the air by Dan Dameo in an AAP Corsair. Crowds were impressed as the group flew past in a tight three-ship formation to the sound of God Bless America. They were in awe as the P51, the P40 and Corsair then rolled past the crowed in succession.
The Geico Skytypers put on a great smoke show as usual and David Windmiller put on a spectacular aerobatics show. Vinny Nasta worked overtime flying many of the planes at the show including the Warbirds Over Long Island Stearman. Vinny is truly a natural pilot and a treat to watch fly. Mark Simmons from Simmons Aviation flew up from Rhode Island in his T-6 Texan. It is always great to see him.
If you haven't had a chance to attend this show, you should really make an effort next year. Lots of great airplanes, plenty of things to keep the kids interested, Bi-plane and helicopter rides, good food and of course Warbirds Over Long Island.