A huge and appreciative crowd cheered on the fliers over Stewart Airport, an aviation facility steeped in military history that began with an airfield built by the Army in 1943 for the flight training of cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The event showcased the US Air Force F-22 Raptor, the Navy F-18F Super Hornet, the Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier, the Navy Seals Leap Frogs Parachute Jump Team and the West Point Parachute Team.
With the first air show at Stewart since 2003, promoters announced the 2016 New York Air Show will once again take its place in the skies above Stewart and the New York region. This year’s show was dedicated to the memory of stunt pilot Andrew Wright, who was aspiring to break an aerobatic world record during the two-day show.
On behalf of the Port Authority and fans of aviation the world over, we dedicate these special words from the poem High Flight to the spirit of pioneering pilots everywhere:
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . .
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr.