Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thunder Over the Boardwalk: Wednesday, August 23rd

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Army Golden Knights, Geico Skytypers and other favorite fliers will return to the skies above the beach and boardwalk for the 15th Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder Over the Boardwalk" Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The Thunderbirds — the air demonstration squadron of the USAF, based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada — will perform its trademark precision solo and formation maneuvers in F-16C Fighting Falcons and two F-16D twin-seat trainers.

Activated in 1953 at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds” in reverence to the Native American culture and folklore of the Southwest, according to its website.

The air show will also feature more than a dozen flybys, along with demonstrations by the returning Golden Knights Parachute Team, Jim Beasley Jr.’s P51D Mustang aerobatic demonstration, a U.S. Navy F18 Super Hornet, and the Geico Skytypers, a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft performing precision flight maneuvers and seemingly death-defying aerial acrobatic stunts.

Voted Best of Philly in 2016 by Philadelphia Magazine, the air show runs 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. On-air commentary will be provided by WPG Talk Radio 104.1 FM and 1450 AM for the duration of the show.

Atlantic City International Airport is the host airport, where a majority of the air show pilots will take off and land.

Geico returns as the presenting sponsor. The Atlantic City Airshow is organized by Joe Kelly, president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, and is a community partnership between the chamber, the city of Atlantic City, the 177th Fighter Wing of the N.J. Air National Guard, South Jersey Transportation Authority, FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, David Schultz Airshows LLC, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and other organizations.

CRDA executive director Chris Howard said the show attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and is a cornerstone of the authority’s strategy to provide major nongaming tourism drivers for Atlantic City.

The aircraft can be viewed from just about anywhere outdoors in the city and nearby communities, including from the beach, boardwalk and the water. Those planning to watch from a boat are advised that there will be a no-boat zone restricting watercraft from getting too close to the beach.

There is no charge to view the show, but VIP viewing packages are available for purchase. See

Street, lot and garage parking are available throughout the city. Rates average about $10 per vehicle and can range upward depending on location, according to air show organizers.

The schedule is subject to change without notice due to mechanical considerations, weather conditions, and other factors beyond the control of the Airshow. For updates check the Atlantic City Airshow Facebook page at

2017 Airshow Lineup

Wednesday, Aug. 23

10:30 a.m. Airspace closes for Airshow, temporary flight restriction in effect

11:40 a.m. U.S. Army Golden Knights flag jump, national anthem

11:48 a.m. U.S. Army Golden Knights mass exit show

11:54 a.m. Rob Holland MXS aerobatic teaser

11:58 a.m. N.J. ANG 177th FW F-16 flyby

11:59 a.m. N.J. ANG 108th WG KC-135 flyby

12:01 p.m. USAF 305th AMW C-17 flyby

12:03 p.m. USAF 305th AMW KC-10 flyby

12:05 p.m. N.J. ANG Composite Wing flyby (KC-135 and 2 F-16s)

12:07 p.m. USAF 436th AMW C-5M Super Galaxy Flyby

12:09 p.m. 6ABC chopper flyby

12:11 p.m. Medical helicopter flybys

12:13 p.m. N.J. State Police A139 flyby

12:15 p.m. Jim Beasley Jr. SNJ aerobatics

12:25 p.m. Customs and Border Patrol HH-60 and fast boat demonstration

12:35 p.m. U.S. Navy T-6B Texan II flyby

12:37 p.m. U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk flyby

12:39 p.m. U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye flyby

12:41 p.m. U.S. Navy MH-53E Super Stallion flyby

12:43 p.m. U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet demonstration

12:58 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D demonstration

1:08 p.m. DE ANG 166th AW C-130H Hercules flyby

1:10 p.m. N.J.ArNG/NJ-ANG UH-60 fast rope insertion and extraction system demonstration

1:22 p.m. Geico Skytypers

1:40 p.m. Miss Geico Speedboat vs. Geico Skytypers race

1:49 p.m. Jim Beasley Jr. P-51 Mustang demonstration

2:01 p.m. U.S. Army Golden Knights mass exit show

2:21 p.m. Randy Ball MiG-17 demonstration

2:36 p.m. Rob Holland MXS demonstration

2:50 p.m. USAF Thunderbirds enlistment ceremony

2:55 p.m. USAF Thunderbirds

5 p.m. Airspace reopens, temporary flight restriction ends.

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8 places to view the Atlantic City Airshow 

1. Hard Rock Cafe. Enjoy some of Hard Rock Cafe’s famous burgers while viewing the show in the sky at Hard Rock’s airshow party. The restaurant has reserved its boardwalk patio for the event, taking place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 609-441-0007 to reserve your seat. Hard Rock is located at 1000 Boardwalk at Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City. Go to for more info.

2. Steel Pier. Viewing the airshow from the Steel Pier will literally put you under the action, as no other spot in Atlantic City juts so far out into the ocean. Beginning at 11 a.m. the Steel Pier will be the host of a private viewing party, with box lunches and designated seating, run by Resorts’ Buses and Motor Coaches. Call 609-344-600 for more information on the private party. At 3 p.m., however, the Pier opens to the public, so anyone can grab some standing space and see the show. For guaranteed seating, call ahead to make a reservation at the Ocean Reef Bar & Grill on the pier. Located at 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. For more info call 866-386-6659 or go to

3. LandShark Bar & Grill. Though nothing official is going on at LandShark, you can rent a cabana on the beach and hold your own viewing party from there. The cabanas suit about 10 people and have access to bottle service and food items from LandShark. Get four hours of cabana access for $150. Located at 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to for more.

4. Boardwalk Hall. To really make the most of the airshow, head to Boardwalk Hall for its VIP Watch Party, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second story loggia. Tickets are $125 and include a free parking spot per purchase order, lunch provided by Carmine’s and access to audio to go along with the airshow events. Located at 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to for more information.

5. Bellevue Avenue. Join the “Flight Line Club” for premium viewing with a lower price tag than Boardwalk Hall’s VIP party. For $50 (kids under 4 are free), enjoy seating in a private beach area located off of Bellevue Avenue, club house tents with tables and chairs, narration during the events, an all-you-can-eat lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., water and soft drinks available all day and on-site restrooms. Located at Bellevue Ave. and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to

6. Tropicana. The deck at Olon, the new Jose Garces concept at Tropicana, is one of the many great spots to view the airshow. That day, Olon will serve a $30 lunch special with aviator cocktails and beer specials available. Be sure to call ahead for reservations, as seating is limited. Located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to for more info.

7. Pier AC. Fortunately for airshow enthusiasts, Pier AC just opened this month, giving them another perfect spot to see the show. Even better, Pier AC will offer a special VIP section with ocean-side seating, unlimited water and soft drinks and a $10 lunch voucher included. The pier will also be open to the public for those without VIP tickets. Tickets are $25 for the VIP section. Located at 600 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to

8. Others. There are several beach bars along the shore that will also make for picturesque spots to see the airshow. Here are our suggestions: Worship Surf Bar (801 Boardwalk; find on Facebook), Bungalow Beach Bar (2641 Boardwalk;, Wonder Bar (3701 Sunset Ave.;, Bally’s Bikini Beach Bar (1900 Boardwalk; and The Playground (1 Atlantic Ocean;

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