- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - The Air Force Thunderbirds flying team is returning to Jones Beach next Memorial Day.

That’s the word Tuesday from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who has lobbied for its return.

This will be the team’s first performance at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach since 2009. The Thunderbirds had been scheduled to perform in 2013 but had to cancel because of federal budget cuts.

The Navy’s Blue Angels flying team performed at the show this past May.

Schumer calls the Thunderbirds’ appearance the “cherry on top” of the festive weekend.

As many as 400,000 people attend the annual air show at the Long Island landmark state park.

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