first_imgA member of the Fastrax professional skydiving team carries a gigantic American flag while making a patriotic landing on the Ocean City beach. By MADDY VITALEJumps, loops, rolls and a lot of G-forces went into Ocean City’s Air Show on Sunday, with expert skydivers and aerobatic pilots showcasing their talents for the thousands of spectators who marveled at the stunts.Families packed the beaches and lined up along the Boardwalk from Sixth to 14th streets for the Aerobatic Air Show. The crowd also got to see a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter demonstration of a water rescue, planes built in the 1940s and even a T-33, the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a piece of U.S. aviation history. Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving outfit that dedicates every performance to a fallen service member or first responder, has appeared in the air show for three years. Team Fastrax members pose with a photo of Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson, who died in the line of duty. They dedicated their jump in her honor. (Courtesy Team Fastrax)The skydivers floated to the crowd displaying the American flag. Sunday’s performance was dedicated to Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson from Flagstaff, Ariz., who died on Sept 15, 2003, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fastrax team leader Matt Harvey explained.Harvey said in an interview shortly after the jump that the team enjoys performing in Ocean City.“Ocean City is one our favorite places to jump. We’re happy to be a part of it and have been doing it in Ocean City for three years. We hope to come back each year. It is one of the most beautiful places to perform.”When it came to aerobatics, pilot Scott Francis and his high-performance aerobatic plane wowed the crowd with his stunts in his MXS aircraft, for yet another year in Ocean City. Stunt pilots wowed the crowds Sunday.He hovered above the ocean and did loops and twists that seemed to defy gravity.And he seemed to do it with ease. He even spoke to the crowds below.“Hope everybody is having a great time down there,” Francis said from his aircraft. “I’m having a great time up here.”Crowds flocked to the beach to view the Coast Guard helicopter rescue mission demonstration. The helicopter hovered over the ocean. Bright colored smoke displayed where the “swimmer” was. After a few moments, the swimmer was brought up to safety. The onlookers clapped at the mock mission.Spectators applauded the success of the U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstration over the water.Mike Mangos, of Havertown, Pa., and his wife, Kay, and their sons, Tai, 8, and 5-year-old Ken, came down especially for the air show.The boys looked to the skies in wonderment when Team Fastrax floated down with the flag banners. “The jumps are definitely the boys’ favorites,” Mike Mangos said. “I grew up coming down to Ocean City. Now, I like bringing my family down.”Kay Mangos said the air show was a special treat for the family.“We’re having fun,” she said.Mike Mangos and his wife, Kay, and their sons, Tai, 8, and 5-year-old Ken enjoy the show.Paula Moore, of West Chester, Pa., and her daughter, Genevieve, came down to enjoy their summer home in Ocean City for one last hoorah before her daughter heads back to the school.“We found out this was happening and had to come check it out,” Paula Moore said.The air show followed a festival at the Ocean City Municipal Airport on Saturday that included airplane displays, demonstrations and family-friendly entertainment.Paula Moore, of West Chester, Pa., and her daughter, Genevieve, look to the skies in amazement.Some of the other performers included:Mark Meredith Air Shows: Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Meredith performed award-winning spins and aerobatics. Ace Maker 33: Gregory “Wired” Colyer showed off the capabilities of the T-33, the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet. Tucano Air Shows: The MK1 Tucano and its 1,100-horsepower turboprop “not only roars, it whines,” according to its pilot. The Tucano executed loops and other maneuvers at all speeds. Kevin Russo Air Shows: Russo is in his 22nd year flying air shows with his restored SNJ-6, which was built in 1944 and delivered to the Navy during World War II. Crowds take video and snap photos with their cellphones.Vintage planes fly in close formation.last_img read more

first_imgBeloved NYC-based trio Moon Hooch has announced plans to release their third-ever studio album. Titled Red Sky, the new release will hit the shelves on June 10th, powered by the band’s creative approach to dance music. Somehow, with two saxophones and a drummer, Moon Hooch is able to turn any performance into an electronic-feeling dance party, and their extensive musical backgrounds never fail to entertain those in attendance.From a band that got their start busking in the NYC subway, this new LP is sure to capture the band’s development and musical refinement. Saxophonist Wenzl McGowen spoke about the new release in a statement, saying, “What we discovered playing in the subway is that the more focus and the more energy you put into the music, and the more you listen to everything around you and integrate everything around you into your expression, the more the music becomes this captivating force for people.”By bringing in Moog synths and EWIs (electronic wind instruments), Moon Hooch has been able to diversify their approach while staying true to their overall sound. We can’t wait to hear Red Sky on June 10th!To get your first taste, listen to leading single “Psychotubes” below:For more about the band, head here. You can see their tour dates below:Moon Hooch Tour DatesApril 20 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (Sold Out) April 21 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse April 22 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground April 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts April 24 – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage April 26 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry April 27 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger April 28 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West April 29 – New Orleans, LA – The Howlin Wolf April 30 – New Orleans, LA – The Orpheum May 5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom May 6 – Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon May 7 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In May 15 – Moers, Germany – Moers Festival May 16 – London, UK – Rich Mix May 21 – Berea, KY – Moonshiner’s Ball May 27 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Festival May 30 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern May 31 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club June 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC June 2 – Bergen, Norway – Nattjazz Festival June 12 – Newport, UK – Isle of Wight Festival June 16 – Hammonton, NJ – Bearfest June 18 – Wurtsboro, NY – Destination Moon June 24 – Londonderry, VT – Frendly Gathering June 28 – Vancouver, Canada – Coastal Vancouver Jazz Festival June 29 – Victoria, Canada – TD Victoria International JazzFest July 2 – Lewes, UK – Love Supreme Festival August 11 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown Festival August 13 – Tamarack, ID – Huckleberry Jalast_img read more