Video: Aerobatic formation flying
Rob Holland performs with Matt Chapman and Bill Stein prior to the Greenwood Lake Air Show.
WEST MILFORD — Preparations are underway for the Greenwood Lake Air Show’s mid-August return.
A pair of night shows are set to kick off an Aug. 13-15 event featuring stunt pilots, vintage military aircraft and pyrotechnic exhibitions, said Tim Wagner, airport manager and event organizer.
Expected to draw more than 35,000 people over three days, the event will be the North Jersey airport’s first major event since its last air show in June 2019.
“Three days this year is in demand, because obviously we’ve missed a year,” Wagner said. “There’s still a lot of people that are looking for something to do.”
Featured performers include Matt Younkin, who starred in the last night show in 2018 from within his unique 1943 Beech 18, and New Jersey native Jason Flood.
Flood, a top aerobat in the region, flies loops and rolls in a Pitts S-1S that has 245 horsepower and weighs less than 860 pounds. Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys return this year as does Jerry McCart in his jet truck “Home Wrecker.”
Other performers include the four-plane Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Nate Hammond in the pyrotechnic-laden Ghost Writer and Buck Roetman in his 375-horsepower Pitts S2S. All three specialize in night shows.
“The night show has been such a big hit,” Wagner said. “It’s something different. Pyrotechnics come off the aircraft and this year we’ve added the ‘pyromusical.'”
The latter, a fireworks show set to music, is set to cap the Aug. 13 show scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. The longest show is expected for Saturday, Aug. 14. Already proving the most popular with early ticket sales, it has an estimated show time of 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Aug. 15, the show is due to run from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Individual adult tickets start at $30 per day and can be purchased online or at the gate. There are discounts for families, children and seniors. Those 4 and under are admitted free. Parking fees are $10 or $25 for the preferred lot at the airport.
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Attendees are urged to bring their own chairs. Pets and outside food are prohibited. Food trucks and other vendors are expected.
The 71-year-old airport was purchased by the state Department of Transportation in 1999 for $1.8 million.
In addition to small recreational aircraft, the 150-acre site also serves as the base for a Hackensack UMC AirMed1 helicopter, a flight school and a new business, New York Tandem Skydiving.
State officials are currently mulling a master plan update for the facility that outlines roughly $30 million in potential improvements. Wagner said the airport’s most pressing need is new hangars for pilots to store their increasingly expensive aircraft.
David Zimmer is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.