Airshow returns to skies over Binghamton

By Matt Porter

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM EST

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Military jets will be flying over Broome County once again this summer as Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced the return of the Greater Binghamton Air Show.

The air show has been on a five year hiatus due to construction projects and lack of a premiere sponsor.

This year, Tioga Downs is helping to sponsor the event.

"This is important to the people of Broome County and we have been getting so many calls about this over the last couple of years," Preston said. "We're just grateful we've been able to find a way to put this on."

This year's airshow will feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team, an 11 ship aerobatic team, and historic World War Two warbirds.

General Manager for Tioga Downs Thomas Osiecki said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural wanted to help revive the annual tradition.

"This is just a really big opportunity to come in and take premiere sponsorship of the biggest show in town," Osiecki said.

For the first time, the show will include a night performance where planes will launch fireworks in the air.

The airfield will open at 6 p.m. on Friday with opening ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday, the field will open at 10 a.m. with planes flying beginning around noon, and concluding at 4.pm.

Advance tickets will be $12 for adults, $7 for young adults, and children under 7 are free.

Tickets bought at the door will be $15 for adults and $10 for young adults.

Tickets will be good for both the evening and day shows on July 4 and 5.

Tickets will soon be available online at the Greater Binghamton airport website and also will be available to buy at certain locations in Broome County.