Skies were welcoming for air show

Thousands flock to airport for 9th annual Greenwood Lake Air Show

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  • Photo provided This photo is from the on-board cameras of members of the 4CE including Matt Chapman (Embry Riddle Yellow Aircraft), Rob Holland, and Bill Stein (Purple Aircraft). 

  • Photos by Mark Cranston The wing walking team of Greg and Ashley Shelton is always a crowd pleaser, even if it is a nail biter.

  • Pilots Rob Holland, Matt Chapman and Bill Stein teamed up to form The 4CE aerobatic team.

  • Photo by Don Webb American Legion Commander Bob Allwood is all set to go in Rob Holland's plane.

  • Jerry McCart's Homewrecker is a jet-propelled semi truck. It can move.

  • Kevin Russo performed a solo aerobatic routine in his SNJ which is the naval variant of the North American AT-6 "Texan," a WWII era advanced training airplane.

  • The audience was amazed by a full afternoon of aerobatic and historical aircraft.

  • The largest aircraft that participated in the show was this B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. Sixteen bombers of this type participated in a raid on Tokyo, in retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Army Air Force Historical Association Lieutenant Cusano explaining a historic display to Stefan Cerndo.

  • This 1958 Chevrolet Impala brought back some fond memories for many. It was part of the car show.

  • Tom Webb, vice commander of the American Legion, gives a thumbs up before his big ride.

It was a beautiful weekend for an air show.

The Greenwood Lake Air Show was a delight for fans who came out to see some of the best performers in the business.

The Aerostars showed off their precision aerobatics, fascinating audiences with their graceful maneuvers and oh-so-close passes. Of course, Justin Lewis and Jerry McCart had the need for speed again this year. Matt Chapman, Rob Holland and Bill Stein performed individually and then combined to be formation team 4CE, pushing their aircraft to the limit with unbelievable maneuvers.

Greg Shelton flew his colorful 1943 Super Stearman, much to the delight of those on the ground.

Event organizer Tim Wagner said he's heard only positive reviews from fans and he said he is grateful for the dedicated volunteers who help make this event happen.

“These volunteers give up their weekend so that everyone that comes can enjoy the show," said Wagner. "I am so thankful to have so many people that believe in this event and bringing aviation to the general public. Without their help, I couldn't put on this show.”

He estimated about 200 volunteers each day helped handle everything from selling merchandise to monitoring the crowd lines to parking cars and moving aircraft.

Wagner also thanked the town's emergency services, including police, EMS and fire department, all helping to keep the event safe.

Fans enjoy mingling with the performers too.

Historical displays, a car show, music and food rounded out the activities for the weekend at the air show.

Honoring the veteransThis year, Wagner worked with Wheelers for the Wounded, the West Milford Elks and the American Legion, offering free passes for 45 veterans, each with a guest, to the show.

Two veterans, American Legion Commander Bob Allwood and Vice Commander Tom Webb, were lucky enough to fly with Rob Holland's Ultimate Air Show on Friday through the Hero Flight program.

Wagner estimated the crowd to be more than 20,000 for the weekend.

He and the fans are looking forward to next summer already.

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