Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Flight 2002 Air Show


  • GLENVILLE, NY – Tickets are now on sale exclusively at participating Price Chopper supermarkets and at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum (ESAM) for the Flight 2002 Air Show, featuring the incomparable and internationally renowned Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, who will perform May 25 – 26 at the Schenectady County Airport.

    Advance tickets at Price Chopper stores and ESAM are
    • $10 for adults
    • $5 for children ages 6 – 12
    • Children under 6 are free
    • Parking is free.

    Tickets at the gate the weekend of the Air Show will be
    • $15 for adults
    • $5 for children ages 6 – 12.

    The Blue Angels, presented by Trustco Bank, return to the Capital Region on Memorial Day Weekend for the first time in six years.

    The jet team, which serves as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, is expected to perform approximately 30 maneuvers during its aerial demonstrations. The demonstration consists of a mix of formation flying and solo routines designed to showcase the unparalleled flying skills of the Blue Angel pilots and the pinpoint precision of their F/A-18 Hornets.

    The Hornet, first introduced in 1986, is the first dual-role fighter/attack aircraft serving on the nation's front lines of defense.

    Among the team’s most famous and breathtaking maneuvers, the Blue Angels are expected to demonstrate the four-plane Diamond Fan formation, during which the aircraft are separated by a mere 12 to 18 inches!

    During another of the team’s signature maneuvers, the Diamond 360, the aircraft are a mere 18 inches apart from canopy to wingtip.

    The renowned delta formation features all six jets in action, while the Blue Angels solos perform a breathtaking mix of opposing horizontal rolls, completing consecutive aileron rolls while crossing within a hair of each other at show center.

    The squadron's Transport C-130 hercules aircraft, affectionately known as Fat Albert, is slated to demonstrate its Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO) capability.

    Eight solid-fuel rockets are attached to the sides of the aircraft, four on each side. The rockets allow Fat Albert to take off within 1,500 feet, climb at a 45-degree angle, and attain an altitude of 1,000 feet in minimal time.

    The Blue Angels entertain more than 15 million spectators each year; all totaled more than 350 million people have witnessed the team perform over the past half-century. The Blue Angels made their debut in 1946 when Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team to showcase the power and versatility of U.S. naval aviation in the aftermath of World War II.

    While the Blue Angels are undoubtedly the featured act of the Flight 2002 Air Show, the weekend will also include performances by: the Iron Eagles aerobatic team featuring two Super Christen Eagle I aircraft; the Cap 232, considered the best aerobatic aircraft in the world piloted by Michael Goulian; Russian pilot Nikolay Timofeev demonstrating his patented “Overture for Airplane and Orchestra” to “Swan Lake”; the Flying Farmer in his classic yellow Piper Cub; pyrotechnics and special effects by the Mad Bomber; and many more.

    Due to heightened security, patrons are prohibited from bringing any coolers, tote bags, backpacks or large containers onto the field. All other bags and containers will be subject to search in order to ensure the safety of all spectators.

    Proceeds from the Flight 2002 Air Show benefit local non-profit organizations and the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, a non-profit institution that houses a unique collection of aviation history. The Air Show is part of the museum’s mission to educate, entertain and excite the young and old alike by providing educational aviation programs.

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