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Military Flyover Kicks Off Fleet Week

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    If you're a single man and you don't own an outfit like this, just stay in and read a book the next few days. You can't compete with this.

    New York City kicks off its 22nd annual Fleet Week celebration with a parade of ships -- and a military flyover -- along and over the Hudson River.

    Thirteen vessels, including five Canadian ships, are slated to parade up the Hudson River at 11 a.m. today. The largest and most familiar ship is the USS Iwo Jima, a 40,500-ton assault helicopter carrier.

    And regarding the flyover, White House officials aren't expected to resign after this one. Unlike the recent Air Force One photo op that left New Yorkers in a panic, today's flyby is part of the Fleet Week celebration. A White House official stepped down after last month's gaffe. Today's fly-over by four F-18 Hornets was scheduled for 11:45 a.m. The aircraft were to head north over the Hudson River, dipping to an altitude of 1,000 feet.

    Fleet Week events will include a military aircraft flyover, free tours of the ships moored at docks in Manhattan and Staten Island, military band performances and tactical demonstrations by troops.

    And of course sailors decked in full military whites stealing all the attention.

    Active-duty military personnel and veterans can also ride for free on NY Waterway commuter ferries this week.

    About 100,000 people are expected to visit the warships this week.

    Below is a complete schedule for your Fleet Week 2009 events.

    • Wednesday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
      Parade of Ships

      Where: Along the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan
    • Thursday, May 21
      • 9 a.m. - noon
        USMC Air/Ground Demo

        tactical insertion / extraction of helicopter borne, combat equipped Marines into a landing zone, static displays
        Where: Coney Island, Brooklyn
      • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
        Marine Day in Central Park

        Bands, static displays, martial arts demos, military working dogs
        Where: Central Park – 5th Ave. & 72nd Street
      • 11 a.m.-noon
        USCG Search and Rescue Demo

        Location: Stapleton Pier, Staten Island
      • 3-5 p.m.
        USMC Air/Ground Demonstration

        Where: Central Park
    • Friday, May 22
      • 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
        Reenlistment / Promotion Ceremony

        Where: World Trade Center
      • 10 a.m.–noon
        USMC Display

        Aviation and personnel equipment
        Where: Orchard Beach/Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
      • 11 a.m. - noon
        Iwo Jima Wreath Laying

        Where: Intrepid Museum
    • Saturday, May 23
      • 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
        Tug Of War – USN vs. USMC on the NBC Today Show

        Where: Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan.
      • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
        USMC Day in Times Square

        bands, static displays, martial arts demos, military working dogs
        Where: 7th Ave & 46th St.
      • 10 a.m.-noon
        USMC Air/Ground Demo

        Where: Eisenhower Park, Long Island
      • 3-5 p.m.
        USMC Air/Ground Demo

        Where: Clove Lake Park, Staten Island
      • 5-8 p.m.
        USMC Band Performances

        Where: Central Park Band Shell
    • Sunday, May 24
      • 10 a.m.-noon
        USMC Air/Ground Demos

        Where: Intrepid Museum
      • noon-4 p.m.
        Intrepid Band Performances

        Where: Intrepid Museum
      • 3-4 p.m.
        Intrepid Best Chow Contest

        Where: Intrepid Museum
      • 5-7 p.m.
        USMC Air/Ground Demo

        Where: Playland Park, Rye NY
    • Monday, May 25
      • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
        USMC Air/Ground Demo

        Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
      • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Kings County Memorial Day Parade

        Where: 3rd Ave & 87th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
      • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
        Glendale Memorial Day Parade

        Where: Ridgewood / Glendale, NY
      • Noon-3 p.m.
        Staten Island Memorial Day Parade

        Where: Hart Blvd & Forest Ave, Staten Island
      • 1-2 p.m.
        Manhattan Memorial Day Parade

        Where: Broadway & Dyckman Streets, Manhattan
      • 2-5 p.m.
        Memorial Day Parade - Bronx City Island

        Where: City Island, Bronx
    • Tuesday, May 26 from 9-11 a.m.
      USMC Air/Ground Demo

      Where: Westbury High School, Long Island
    • Wednesday, May 27
      Ships and service members depart New York City