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This Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the American Airpower Museum’s (AAM) summer of the “Legends of Airpower WWII Warbirds,” with their first performance at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Jones Beach Air Show.  AAM’s legendary warbirds including the WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber, North American P-51D Mustang, Grumman TBM-3E Avenger Torpedo Bomber, and Curtiss P-40M Warhawk “Flying Tiger,” will take to the skies over Republic Airport on Friday, May 24, (practice day) plus Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, for the Jones Beach Air Show.  Additional aircraft will be part of the show, including AAM’s WWII North American AT-6 Trainer, Vietnam era AT-28D Nomad and Cold War era L-39 Jet Trainer.

Watch AAM’s awe-inspiring aircraft take off to perform practice flybys over Republic all day Friday, May 24th.  Get up close and personal with these historic bombers and fighters of yesteryear.  Visit AAM to catch even more aerial action on Saturday and Sunday, as their warbirds lift off to perform in the air show. Throughout the weekend, visitors will be enthralled as the US Navy Blue Angels, USAF A-10 “Warthogs” and the ever-popular Skytypers, take off from and return to Republic Airport.

US Navy Blue Angel at the American Airpower Museum

Military aviation enthusiasts will not want to miss AAM’s WWII C-47 80th Anniversary D-Day Living History Experience, as WWII Airborne reenactors interact with visitors to the museum on Saturday, May 25th.  Flight experiences are also available each day in one of AAM’s AT-6 Texans or their red WACO Biplane.

According to AAM President Jeff Clyman, the goal for this three-day extravaganza is two-fold.  “To honor the men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who built, maintained and piloted the iconic warbirds of yesteryear, in a bold defense of freedom during WWII, as well as, honor active-duty military, reservists and the national guard, who continue this mission today.”  Clyman said that public support strengthens AAM’s mission to educate the next generation about American military aviation history, and will also help maintain the Museum’s iconic aircraft.  “Help keep ‘em flying,” he added.

American Airpower Museum’s P-40 Warhawk

As a special promotion, every paying Museum guest (18 and over) Friday through Monday, will be entered for a chance to win a Cockpit USA “made in the USA” leather flight jacket.  Cockpit USA, sponsor of the American Airpower Museum, is the official supplier to the United States Air Force of A-2 leather flight jackets,  Various genuine leather flight jackets and other militaria specially priced and on sale all weekend can be purchased at AAM’s gift shop.

For those visitors who wish to see the aircraft but don’t wish to attend the airshow on Jones Beach, there is simply no better place to be than on AAM’s ramp.  Park for FREE in AAM’s lot or along New Highway.  Food and Ice Cream trucks are available onsite. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday 4:00 p.m.). Tickets and preregistration not required.  Regular admission is $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Veterans and $10 for children ages 3 to 12.  Three days of action guaranteed to thrill aviation fans of all ages.  Don’t forget your cameras or smart phones.  American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735, (631) 293-6398,  www.americanairpowermuseum.org

 The American Airpower Museum is an aviation museum located on the landmarked former site of Republic Aviation at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY.  The Museum maintains a collection of aviation artifacts and an array of operational aircraft spanning the many years of the aircraft factory’s history.  The Museum is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Educational Foundation Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.