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The USAF Thunderbirds perform during the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow on Aug. 21, 2019.
The USAF Thunderbirds perform during the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow on Aug. 21, 2019. (Tim Hawk/

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Tribune News Service) — One of the state’s largest events is back.

After a year’s absence due to the pandemic, the skies over Atlantic City will be roaring once more with the sounds of jet engines as the Atlantic City Airshow, “A Salute To Those Who Serve,” returns Wednesday, Aug. 18.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” said Michael Chait, Greater Atlantic City Chamber president, when asked about having the airshow flying high once again. “It brings hundreds of thousands of people to the area and provides an enormous economic stimulation for the region.”

This year health care workers will be recognized.

More than 100 health care workers from across the state will be welcomed to the chamber’s corporate chalet where they will have one of the best seats on the beach to see and feel the power of the aircrafts overhead.

One special health care worker will receive a baton from the Golden Knights, the United States Army Parachute Team, who will pass it over to that person after their final jump. Chait explained that they give the baton to someone who has done something incredible over the past year.

There has been a tremendous amount of interest in this year’s show, said Chait, as people look toward more outdoor recreation events like airshows.

The Atlantic City event brings between 300,000 and 400,000 spectators who will be looking skyward along the beaches and Boardwalk to watch the aerial acrobatics.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be the headliner and one of the new performers this year will be the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. Other performances include the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team and the United States Marines Osprey demonstration.

Where to watch the Atlantic City Airshow

The best viewing options are along the free beaches of Atlantic City and on the famous Boardwalk. A prime location if you want your toes in the sand is on the beach around Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall where most of the action will take place. The Thunderbirds will fly right over you to begin their performance.

“We encourage people to be safe and give each other space,” said Chait.

Ocean-facing hotel rooms, if you can still reserve one, will also provide great views.

If you don’t want to drive into Atlantic City there are plenty of other options. Views can be scored on the Ventnor and Margate beaches and in Brigantine along the Absecon Inlet at the Cove and South Jetty area.

Premium viewing locations are already sold out. Those included One Atlantic at The Playground with air conditioned space and outdoor terrace where you can sign up to get on a waiting list for available tickets, Bally’s Atlantic City Beach Bar and at 23 stories high The VÜE at the Claridge.

If the beach isn’t your thing and you have a boat or know someone who does, then take advantage and watch from the water. There will be a “no boat zone” so be mindful and respect the space.

If you want to catch a glimpse of some of the performers and avoid the crowds then get down to AC a day early and watch the practice session which begins at approximately 11 a.m.

What time does it begin?

The airspace around Atlantic City will close at 11 a.m. The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will kick off the day with a jump at 11:30 a.m and the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds will end the show with their performance beginning at approximately 2:50 p.m.

Claim your spot early as the beaches and Boardwalk will fill up quickly.

The GEICO Skytypers perform during the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow on Aug. 21, 2019.
The GEICO Skytypers perform during the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow on Aug. 21, 2019. (Tim Hawk/

What’s the Atlantic City Airshow schedule?

The show will be shorter this year because sponsorships were a challenge, explained Chait, adding that once capacity restrictions were lifted they only had a few months to put the event together.

“If we were able to generate more revenue like we’ve done in years past we would have had other civilian performers,” he said.

“A Salute To Those Who Serve” will feature more than 20 performances. The schedule is subject to change.

11 a.m.: Airspace Closes for Airshow, Boat Safety Zone Closes

11:30 a.m.: US Army Golden Knights Flag Jump w/National Anthem

11:38 a.m.: US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show

11:48 a.m.: NJ ANG 177th FW F-16C Fighting Falcon Flyby (2-ship)

11:49 a.m.: NJ ANG 108th WG KC-135R Stratanker Flyby

11:51 a.m.: USAF 436th AW C-5M Super Galaxy Flyby

11:53 a.m.: NJ ANG Composite Wing Flyby (KC-135 & (2) F-16s)

11:55 a.m.: FAA William J Hughes Tech Center Citation Flyby

11:57 a.m.: NBC Philadelphia Chopper 10 Flyby

11:59 a.m.: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Helicopter Flyby

12:01 p.m.: ChefPitts S1S Aerobatics

12:15 p.m.: USAF C-17A Globemaster III Demonstration

12:27 p.m.: Medical Helicopter Flybys

12:29 p.m.: NJ State Police Flybys

12:31 p.m.: USAF 80th FTW T-38 Talon Flyby Demonstration

12:38 p.m.: NJ-ArNG/NJ- ANG UH-60M SPIES/FRIES Demonstration

12:44 p.m.: GEICO Skytypers

1:04 p.m.: USMC VMM-774 MV-22 Osprey Demonstration

1:14 p.m.: David Windmiller Edge 540 Aerobatics

1:28 p.m.: US Coast Guard MH-65D Search & Rescue Demonstration

1:42 p.m.: Jim Beasley Jr. P-51 Mustang Demonstration

1:50 p.m.: USAF F-22A Raptor Demonstration

2:05 p.m.: USAF Heritage Flight (F-22 & P-51)

2:19 p.m.: Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show

2:40 p.m.: USAF Thunderbirds Enlistment Ceremony

2:50 p.m.: USAF Thunderbirds

5:00 p.m.: Airspace reopens, Boater Safety Zone reopens

Your chance to get vaccinated

You can’t use the excuse that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday because you are going to the airshow.

Why? Because you can do both now, thanks to the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and Rowan Medicine NeuroMusculoskeletal Institute.

Tents will be set up right next to Veterans Row, at the Boardwalk on Florida Avenue, where people can receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“We’re looking for the volume of people that want to get the vaccine,” said Tim Reed, Chief Warrant officer for Atlantic County. Reed said they are hoping to get approximately 300 shots in the arms of the unvaccinated.

Doctors, nurses and medical students from Rowan will be on site to administer the shots between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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