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Air Show Adventure - Thunder over the Boardwalk                            Bookmark and Share

August 23rd, 2006  Atlantic City New Jersey  

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This was my first air show ever and definitely not my last. This is a perfect place for an air show too. You have a massive beach with plenty of sand, space and ocean swimming, a beautiful boardwalk to stroll and shop, and of course, gambling casinos. One of the first air shows in America was the Atlantic City Air Carnival that started July 2, 1910 and lasted 10 days. The planes landed and took off from the beach which must have been a cool site to see.

There were also Boaters out on the ocean watching the show. The boaters probably had better light for photos because the sun was sometimes in our eyes on the beach when we were taking shots at certain angles.

Atlantic city is about a 3.5-hour drive from Danbury, Ct.. Do not use mapping websites to get directions to go through New York City. Computer software has no idea about getting around New York City. It’s better to talk to people who actually know the city and have experience driving there. It's hilarious to hear some people say that computers will become so intelligent that they will take over the world some day, these are probably the same people who believe in "The Planet of the Apes”.

There was plenty of parking even though they had an estimated 600,000 visitors that day, which was the most ever for any event in Atlantic City to date.

We stepped off the boardwalk near the Tropicana and had no problem getting a spot on the beach.
I had my Canon EOS-10D 6.3MP Digital SLR Camera with a 300mm Lens and my Canon GL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom that was operated by a friend, the best of both worlds. Wear a hat, sun lotion, bring a chair or blanket, bring plenty of water and maybe some ear plugs. Bring some sand toys for the kids too because the air show will not keep them occupied the whole time.

Get a program or flight schedule from the news paper because this will help you figure out the names of the aircraft that you see in the sky. You can also tune in to their radio broadcast at AM 1400 WOND, where the announcer will notify you on what aircraft are approaching.

The show started with a few Skydivers from the US Army Golden Knights to warm up the crowd.

Then came the roar of the jets.

The maneuvers, formation flying, sky writing, an awesome site.
This was a
special show because the US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets
and the USAF Thunderbird F-16's were flying at the same air show for the first time ever in history.


There was the USAF Heritage Flight by the USAF QF-4 Phantom II, the new F-22A Raptor, F-15 Eagle and Jim Beasley Jr. with P-51D Mustang.

Another first for Atlantic City was the B-2A Spirit Stealth Bomber.
Then Sean Tucker in his Oracle Challenger Biplane doing some
incredible maneuvers
. The Geico skywriters, or skytypers, flew by in their
WWII SNJ/T-6 Texans.



The NJ State Police in their S-76A Helicopters also flew by.
The C-17A Globe Master III that looks like a C-5 Galaxy seem to float by.
The Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City with their HH-65C Dolphin Helicopters hovered over the ocean next to the beach and did their simulated rescue mission.

What a great show! Of course there was many more aircrafts. After 5 hours on the beach it was time to leave. To avoid the initial heavy traffic we spent some time at the Tropicana where some friends were staying, then it was a nice drive home.

 

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