The skies over Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow, N.Y., resembled an action scene from a summer blockbuster as Navy and Marine Corps units performed a variety of troop insertions and flyovers during an aviation demonstration during Memorial Day weekend, and Fleet Week New York (FWNY).

The Navy’s parachute team, the Leap Frogs, performed a precision drop to open the event. Six special warfare Sailors, trailing banners, pennants, flags and colored smoke descended onto the grounds to the delight of the crowd of more than 5,000 spectators.

160528-N-SX684-112 EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (May 28, 2016) Navy Aircrewman 2nd Class Brandon Drew explains the lifting capability of the MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopter during an aviation demonstration at Eisenhower Park as a part of 2016 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 28. FWNY, now in its 28th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity to for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian McNeal/Released)
Navy Aircrewman 2nd Class Brandon Drew explains the lifting capability of the MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopter during an aviation demonstration at Eisenhower Park. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian McNeal/Released)

Soon after, an MH-60S Seahawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2 made a high speed pass, followed by a second Seahawk, which swooped into the park and quickly pulled into a hover. Minutes later, members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 12 performed a fast-rope insertion.

After the helicopters landed and powered down, the crowd of excited onlookers took photos and toured the aircraft and met with the aviation team and EOD members.

160528-N-SF508-262 EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (May 28, 2016) — Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians, assigned to EOD Mobile Unit 12, fast rope during an aviation demonstration and static display at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y. as part of 2016 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 28. FWNY, now in its 28th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea series. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime service. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians, assigned to EOD Mobile Unit 12, fast rope during an aviation demonstration and static display at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)

“I saw the helicopters land … it was spectacular,” said 12-year-old Lara Kilmetis. “The best part though, is getting a chance to speak to the Sailors and Marines because I respect what they do and it’s really interesting.”

Lt. Kaylee Grove, a MH-60 pilot, was pleased to be able fly in and spend time in the city over the Memorial Day weekend.

“We brought a 2-bird formation into the park for Memorial Day and there absolutely isn’t a better way to spend the holiday than what we are doing here today,” she said. “It’s great to get the support from people, but to see the admiration they have for those who made the ultimate sacrifice is special, and that’s what Memorial Day is all about.”

Following the Navy aircraft’s departure, a Marine Corps MH-53 Sea Dragon and an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft landed and offloaded elements of a Marine Air Ground Task Force.

160528-N-SF508-152 EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (May 28, 2016) — A member of the Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, parachutes into Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y. during an aviation demonstration and static display as part of 2016 Fleet Week New York, May 28. FWNY, now in its 28th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea series. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime service. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)
A member of the Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, parachutes into Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki/Released)

FWNY, now in its 28th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity to for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. The weeklong celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984.

 

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