Thunder Over the Boardwalk - The Atlantic City Airshow
It’s called Thunder over the Boardwalk for a reason.
The relative quiet over the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City was shattered last Aug. 17 as the 11 Annual Atlantic City Airshow was performed above 800,000 spectators. Unique to the event is that all acts are performed over the beach and not at an airfield, the only airshow of its kind in the nation.
The heart-stopping feats, aerobatics maneuvers, formation flying and solo routines of “Thunder over the Boardwalk” have helped create an event so popular, not only as Atlantic City’s signature summer event, but it’s also the largest mid-week airshow in the country.
Typical of the day’s performances was a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet that quietly streaked in from the west, flew over Boardwalk Hall and with afterburners blazing produced a deafening roar as the aircraft went into a vertical climb that put it nearly out of sight within seconds.
This grand entrance was followed by a series of maneuvers and flybys that had the thousands of spectators spellbound as the war plane streaked up and down the beach showing off its capabilities.
The display prompted one spectator to comment, “I’m glad that’s ours.”
Headlining the show was the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds who performed their classic airburst maneuver along with other feats that have become a hallmark of the famed team that’s in its 58th year of performing around the world.
Among the more than 20 demonstrations were the US Army Golden Knights and Canadian Skyhawks parachute teams, a US Coast Guard helicopter search and rescue demonstration and a New Jersey Air National Guard flyby featuring a KC-135 refueling aircraft and F-16 fighters.
Off the sand the Boardwalk was buzzing with an endless stream of children, teens, parents and grandparents strolling along the famous walkway.
The weather for the 2011 show more than cooperated with temperatures in the mid 80s and a completely clear sky. Ironically the show was sandwiched between rain events the day before and day after.
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