Member Of US Navy Leap Frogs Killed After Parachute Malfunction At New York Fleet Week

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US Navy Leap Frog Remington Peters
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Bram

UPDATE 5/29/17: The fallen Leap Frog has been identified as Special Warfare Operator First Class Remington Peters. He was 27 years old.

US Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team

ORIGINAL POST: A member of the US Navy “Leap Frogs” parachute team has died after an incident near New York City just after noon today. The team was performing as part of Fleet Week New York, and was jumping into Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. During the jump, one team member’s parachute malfunctioned and he fell into the water after cutting away from it. It is unclear at what altitude this occurred and if he attempted to open his reserve canopy.

The jumper was immediately retrieved from the water and taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1:10pm. The name of the jumper is being withheld so that next of kin can be notified, but we will update this post when it is released.

Our thoughts go out to all of the Leap Frogs as they mourn their teammate.

2017 Bethpage Airshow Cancels Planned F-18 Hornet Demonstration Due To Airspace Restrictions

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F/A-18F Super Hornet

The Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach in New York has been forced to cancel the planned F/A-18 Hornet demonstration, the show announced today. Due to runway construction at JFK airport and the subsequent rerouting of air traffic, the show will not have the air space necessary for the Hornet team to perform. Traffic will still be coordinated to allow the US Air Force Thunderbirds to perform, and the other performers do not require the same amount of space so they are unaffected.

The airshow is scheduled for May 27 and 28. The cancellation may give the Hornet team (from VFA-106) the chance to book another show in its place. We will update our 2017 Hornet and Super Hornet Demonstration Schedules with any such info as we get it.

2017 New York Airshow Moves Dates To July, Lands Blue Angels

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US Navy Blue Angels and Crowd

The US Navy Blue Angels have filled a notable hole in their schedule, the 4th of July weekend. The team announced today that they will be performing at the New York Airshow at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY on July 1-2. The airshow was previously scheduled for September, but organizers changed dates to take advantage of the opportunity. They say tickets that were already purchased for the September dates will be exchanged for the new dates, and that details will be made available in the coming days.

The airshow also garnered attention recently when it was included on the schedule for the 2017 Patrouille de France North American tour. That appearance is listed for April 22nd and 23rd, and many were confused as to whether the airshow would move to April or be held separately. Subsequent posts by the event’s Facebook page have indicated that the French appearance is a private performance for media and invited guests only, and is entirely separate from the regular airshow.

In other Blue Angels news, we recently reported that the team’s beloved C-130 Hercules known as “Fat Albert” will miss the beginning of the 2017 airshow season due to ongoing maintenance.

USAF Thunderbirds Flyover New York City

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USAF Thunderbirds Flyover New York City

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, flew over famous landmarks around New York City Friday morning.

It was announced last Friday that the Thunderbirds had planned a flyover around the city, framing the 6 red, white and blue F-16s with landmarks such as the World Trade Center and Empire State Building.

The Thunderbirds will perform at the 2016 New York Air Show this Labor Day weekend.

See more photos on the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Facebook page and in the slideshow below. Photos courtesy of the Thunderbirds.

Nearly Intact P-47 Thunderbolt Pulled From Hudson River After Fatal Crash

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P-47 Thunderbolt "Jacky's Revenge" Pulled From Hudson River
Source: New York Post

The P-47 Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge” that crashed into the Hudson River near the George Washington bridge on Friday has been removed from the water by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Photos from the site show that the aircraft appears amazingly intact, which is surprising given the fatal nature of the crash. It appears pilot Bill Gordon did an excellent job of ditching it, but sadly something still went wrong and he did not survive. His body was recovered by divers several hours after the crash. The aircraft has been taken to a nearby heliport so that the NTSB can study it during their investigation. Nothing has been announced on what will happen to it after that is complete.

P-47 Thunderbolt "Jacky's Revenge" Pulled From Hudson River
Source: HeraldNet

The owner, the American Airpower Museum, has canceled its participation in the nearby Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach State Park this weekend but said in a statement that the museum will remain open this Memorial Day weekend to ensure the mission of presenting history is continued. The airshow is also still being held, with a missing man formation flown in Bill’s honor.

Here is video of Jacky’s Revenge flying in happier times, at the Thunder Over Michigan airshow in 2014:

Please continue to keep Bill’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Pilot Bill Gordon Killed When P-47 Thunderbolt Crash Lands In Hudson River

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P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot Bill Gordon

Pilot Bill Gordon, former member of the Iron Eagles Aerobatic Team, has died after the WWII-era P-47 Thunderbolt he was piloting crash landed in the Hudson River near New York City. The aircraft was one of three participating in a photo flight near the city and Statue of Liberty on Friday evening to promote this weekend’s airshow at nearby Jones Beach. It came down just a couple of miles from the George Washington bridge after suspected mechanical trouble. The aircraft, “Jacky’s Revenge”, is owned by the American Airpower Museum on Long Island not far outside the city. The airshow will continue as planned this weekend.

Bill Gordon performs as part of the Iron Eagles Aerobatic Team

Adding to the tragedy were initial reports that the pilot was recovered safely and taken to the hospital. These reports were later corrected to state that the pilot was unaccounted for. His body was found in the wreckage by divers later that night. There is no word yet on what will happen to the aircraft, but the NTSB will be investigating the crash.

Our thoughts are with Bill’s family and friends.

USAF Thunderbirds Fly Over New York City For Photo Mission

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USAF Thunderbirds Delta and Empire State Building - New York City

In a rare sight, 7 USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons belonging to the USAF Thunderbirds flew over New York City today as part of a photo mission. The 6 delta pilots and a photo ship flew over Long Island, taking pictures over One World Trade Center, the 9-11 Memorial, Central Park and the Empire State Building. The last time the Thunderbirds flew over NYC was 10 years ago.

USAF Thunderbirds Over One World Trade Center - New York CityUSAF Thunderbirds Over Central Park - New York City

Folks on the ground also got an awesome view, as Peter Moy shows in this photo posted on Flickr. Fans also posted well wishes and appreciation to the Thunderbirds on the team’s Facebook page.

Last week, Thunderbird 8 flew over the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

If you’re in the Long Island area, you can catch the team’s full performance at the Jones Beach Airshow this Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th.