ATLANTIC CITY – Breathtaking aerobatics, high-speed formation flying, and gravity-defying solo routines will once again fill the sky over the Atlantic City beachfront when the resort plays host to Thunder Over The Boardwalk, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17
The free event is one of the city’s most popular, drawing an estimated 800,000 people in 2011. Flybys and demonstrations will range from 15,000 feet to 50 feet over the water in front of the Atlantic City skyline.
Advertised as one of the very best air shows in the country, the lineup includes military and civilian flyers, vintage aircraft and the latest in high-tech aerial hardware. It will be capped by the awe-inspiring U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team, performing unforgettable high-g maneuvers.
The air show is free to the public and can be viewed between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from anywhere on the Atlantic City beach and Boardwalk.
Those wishing to view the air show from the ocean are welcome, but should be aware that there will be a “no boat zone” restricting boaters except for the U.S. Coast Guard, police and other marine units, from approaching too close to the Atlantic City beach.
Premium public seating on the beach is available through The Flight Line Club by Siganos Management, Inc. Tickets cost $30 and include one general-admission seat (no assigned location), one large hot dog or hamburger, one bottled beverage and a bag of chips. Additional refreshments will be available for purchase.
VIP seating is $50 per person and includes one seat in the designated VIP section along with unlimited food and drink. No refunds will be given. Children under 6 are admitted free, but seating is not guaranteed.
Large coolers are not permitted within the Flight Line Club area, and large beach umbrellas are discouraged as they may obstruct the view of other patrons.
For tickets and information call (609) 813-2121.
Tickets are also available at the A.C. Boardwalk Hall Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 736-1420.
Park ‘n’ Ride service will be provided at the SJTA Expressway Intercept, and by the Atlantic City Jitney Association.
Through SJTA the cost is $20 per vehicle and includes parking and shuttle to/from the Boardwalk. Shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. continuously on the day of the air show. Drop off and pickup point will be at Indiana Avenue and the BoardwalkPark ‘n’ Ride at Bader Field.
Through the AC Jitney Association, $20 per car includes parking and shuttle to/from the Boardwalk, beginning at 6:30 a.m. the day of the air show and continues until 6:30 p.m. Pickup is at Bader Field at the end of each row of cars; drop-off is at the Boardwalk near Albany Avenue.
A handicap-accessible ramp and viewing area is available at the pavilion at Montpelier Avenue and the Boardwalk. Space is limited and will be restricted for those in wheelchairs that cannot access the beach. Handicapped parking will be available on Albany Avenue, which has a ramp to the Boardwalk.
The U.S. Air Force will have a booth with a recruiter present to answer questions and share information with anyone interested in joining the Air Force. Call (609) 220-3503.
Tanger Outlets will have a booth in front of Boardwalk Hall with free goodie bags containing exclusive merchant offers and vouchers for a free coupon book. There will also be entry forms to win a $250 shopping spree at The Walk in Atlantic City. Call (609) 344-0095.
For information see atlanticcitynj.com/acairshow.aspx.
Air show schedule
10:00 Airspace closes for air show
10:30 Blue Cross Blimp Flybys
10:45 Air Show Sponsors Banner Tow Aircraft Flybys
11:00 Army Golden Knights Flag Jump w/National Anthem
11:08 Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
11:15 NJ ANG 177th FW F-16 Fighting Falcon Flyby (four-ship)
11:17 NJ ANG 108th WG KC-135R Stratotanker Flyby
11:19 McGuire 504th AMW C-17A Globemaster III Flyby
11:23 MA-ANG 104th FW F-15C Eagle Flyby (two-ship)
11:25 DE-ANG 166th AW C-130H Hercules Flyby (two-ship)
11:27 NJ ANG Composite Flyby (KC-135 & F-16)
11:29 NJ State Police Helicopter (AW139, Bell 206, S-76) Flyby
11:31 Raiders Demonstration Team 2-Ship Aerobatics
11:40 U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demonstration
11:55 FAA William J Hughes Tech Center Convair 580 and Global 5000 Flybys (two passes)
12:00 MidAtlantic MedEvac Flyby
12:01 U.S. Navy HSL-48 SH-60B Seahawk Flyby (two passes)
12:03 Andrew McKenna AT-6 Texan Aerobatic Demonstration
12:10 Jim Beasley Jr. Spitfire Demonstration
12:20 USAF NY-ANG 103rd RQS ParaRescue Demonstration
12:30 USAF RI-ANG 143rd AW C-130J Hercules Flybys (two passes)
12:35 GEICO Skytypers
12:55 USAF-AETC 37th FTS T-6A Texan II (four-ship) Flyby
12:57 Hawker Beechcraft T-6C Texan II Demonstration
1:12 Black Diamond Jet Team
1:48 USAF F-4 Flybys (two-ship, four passes)
1:55 USAF Heritage Flight (F-4 & P-51)
2:05 Raiders six-ship Demonstration Team
2:25 GEICO Speedboat Race
2:33 Surprise Flyby
2:40 PPG Red Eagle Airsports Pitts Solo Aerobatic Demonstration
3:00 USAF Thunderbirds
4:30 Air show ends, airspace reopens
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