Fighter jets give the US Open and Queens an air show

By Tom Momberg

Northeast Queens experienced some extraordinarily loud aircraft noise Sunday but may have enjoyed a little bit of an air show that came along with it.

Over Bayside and Douglaston, the sound accompanied a tight delta formation of at jets flying at low altitude.

It was the flyover of four F-15E fighter jets, which began on cue following the US Open Tennis Championship opening ceremony for the men’s singles final between tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Sunday afternoon at the end of an on-court performance of “America the Beautiful.”

The pilots, from the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C., performed some advanced air theatrics over Arthur Ashe Stadium and pinpointing the exact time for the flyover took quite some preparation.

The pilot who led the flyover had been practicing his precision over the North Carolina coast earlier Sunday morning.

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at tmomb[email protected]nglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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