Greenwood Lake

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The Greenwood Lake Airshow took place at the Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, New Jersey on August 13, 14, and 15, 2021. Similar to many airshows across the United States, 2021 marked the return of this airshow after restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 event. The 2021 edition of the event featured a night show on Friday, a late afternoon and evening airshow on Saturday, and a daytime airshow on Sunday. The event also included kids’ activities, living history displays, and a classic car show.

Although a smaller event by airshow standards, the Greenwood Lake Airshow featured several well-known performers. The event was headlined by the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team flying their North American AT-6 World War II-era training aircraft and Matt Younkin flying his famous Beech 18 Magic by Moonlight. Other featured performers at the airshow included Buck Roetman flying his Pitts S2S, Nathan Hammond flying his de Havilland Super Chipmunk “Ghostwriter”, Tom Larkin in his Subsonex Mini Jet, Greg Koontz in his Piper J-3 Cub with the “Alabama Boys” and New Jersey native Jason Flood flying his Pitts S-1S aerobatic biplane.

On the ground, airshow spectators were treated to a display by Jerry McCart and his “Homewrecker” jet-powered truck. Unfortunately, McCart blew one of the three engines on his truck during the Saturday night demonstration, so his display Sunday was limited to a short run down the runway on Sunday at reduced speed. This did not damper the enthusiasm for the truck, as spectators, especially children, quickly ran to the fence when the truck fired up and moved onto the runway. Although not part of the airshow flying, an Airbus Helicopters H135 MedEvac helicopter landing at the Greenwood Lake Airport provided an additional photo opportunity for aviation enthusiasts. The helicopter and its flight crew are based at the airport and provide MedEvac transport duties from emergency scenes and hospitals throughout the region.

Warbirds were also a big part of the display at the airshow this year. A pair of T-34 Mentors piloted by Mike Grossman and Alan Silverstein flew in the event and performed several flybys and formation passes of the airshow. Although they could not land at the airport because of the smaller confines of the facility, three aircraft from the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York, flew down to the airshow to perform flybys and formation passes.

Taking part in the airshow were three aircraft that are part of the museum’s collection, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain transport airplane, a General Motors TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, and one of the newest additions to the museum’s collection of aircraft, an example of the North American P-51D Mustang fighter aircraft that is affectionately nicknamed “Jacqueline”. The warbirds from the museum were a welcome addition to the Greenwood Lake Airshow this year and the museum pilots did a great job flying several formation passes for photographs of these wonderfully restored flying pieces of aviation history.

On Sunday, the Greenwood Lake Airshow got a special unexpected bonus of modern military support. The New Jersey Army National Guard performed a demonstration with two Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Teaming up with members of the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron from the 177th Fighter Wing, the helicopter crews from the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion. performed a demonstration of the SPIES (Special Patrol Insertion and Exfiltration) and FRIES (Fast Rope Infiltration and Extraction) systems used by the U.S. military to get personnel in and out of dangerous combat areas quickly and safely.

The event also featured a flyover of a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker from the 108th Wing at McGuire Air Force Base with a pair of Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing based at Atlantic City International Airport Both units are part of the New Jersey Air National Guard. Finally, the United States Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City flew one of their Airbus MH-65D Dolphin search and rescue helicopters up to the airshow and performed a SAR demonstration. The helicopter crew then performed several flybys of the airshow before departing the area.

The Greenwood Lake Airshow is a great small airshow. The event attracts some of the most famous names in the airshow industry to perform and the small ramp provides a comfortable viewing area for families and airshow enthusiasts alike. Support of the airshow from the U.S. Coast Guard in Atlantic City, the New Jersey Army National Guard and the New Jersey Air National Guard on Sunday were significant additions to the event this year. Another excellent addition to the event in 2021 was the American Airpower Museum performing flybys of the event with aircraft from the museum collection. The 2022 Greenwood Lake Airshow is tentatively planned for June 11-12. Photographs are from the Sunday edition of the airshow.

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