ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 16, 2018) – Now celebrating its 16th year, the 2018 Atlantic City Airshow will return to the skies above the beautiful free beaches and Boardwalk in Atlantic City on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. GEICO will return as the presenting sponsor of this event, as announced by Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Joe Kelly, the show’s organizer.
“We are excited to welcome back the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and GEICO to participate in Atlantic City’s signature summer event,” said Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Joe Kelly. “This year’s show will also include an appearance by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, which is a great addition to our lineup and makes the Atlantic City Airshow an international event,” he added.
The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron (“Thunderbirds”) is the Air Demonstration Squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF). The Thunderbirds perform aerial demonstrations in the F-16C Fighting Falcon. Much of the Thunderbirds’ display alternates between maneuvers performed by the diamond, and those performed by the opposing solos, all with magnificent accuracy and precision.
Officially known as the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds are Canada‘s military flight demonstration team whose purpose is to “demonstrate the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of Canadian Forces personnel”. The squadron is based at 15 Wing, near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The Snowbirds are the first Canadian Air Demonstration Team to be designated as a squadron. The show team flies 11 CT-114 Tutors—nine for aerobatic performances, including two solo aircraft, and two as spares, flown by the team coordinators
In addition to the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the U. S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the GEICO Skytypers and Jim Beasley Jr.’s P51D Mustang demonstration returns to the 2018 lineup. Additional performers for the 2018 event will include Lee Leets in the Shorts Tucano, Paul Dougherty in the Eagle Aerobatic Bi-Plane, Mike Wiskus in the LUCAS OIL Pitts S2C, and numerous military and civilian flybys. Most of the performers will take off and land at the Atlantic City International Airport, which serves as the host airport for the airshow.
“The CRDA is pleased to support the Atlantic City Airshow, one of the region’s largest events,” said CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty. “This event attracts spectators to our destination during the midweek and showcases Atlantic City’s great amenities to hundreds of thousands of visitors. Events like this are key components in our efforts to increase tourism in Atlantic City.”
The Atlantic City Airshow is a community partnership between the Greater Atlantic City Chamber; the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; the City of Atlantic City; the 177th Fighter Wing of the N.J. Air National Guard; South Jersey Transportation Authority; FAA William J. Hughes Tech Center; The Atlantic City International Airport; David Schultz Airshows, LLC; and many others. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the host hotel for the event.
Sponsorship packages for the 2018 Airshow are still available. Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Michael Chait, Executive Vice President for the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, at 609-345-4524, ext. 102.
Tickets are on sale now for several VIP Viewing Packages:
For more information on the 2018 Atlantic City Airshow, visit www.atlanticcityairshow.com. Continue to check the Atlantic City Airshow Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AirshowAC and Instagram at @airshowac.
*2018 Atlantic City Airshow Schedule:
1135 Army Golden Knights Streamer Drop
1200 National Anthems (Canadian & US) w/Flag Jumps by Golden Knights
1208 Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Demonstration
1214 NJ-ANG F-16 4-ship Flyby
1216 NJ-ANG KC-135 Flyby
1218 305th AMW C-17 Flyby
1220 305th AMW KC-10 Flyby
1222 NJ-ANG Composite Flyby (KC-135 & 2 F-16s)
1224 Jim Beasley Jr. SNJ-5 Aerobatics
1234 Paul Dougherty Christian Eagle Aerobatics
1248 436th AMW C-17 Flyby
1250 FAA William J Hughes Global 5000 Flyby
1252 Medical Helo & Chopper 6 Flybys
1300 Canadian Forces Snowbirds
1340 Lee Leets Tucano Demonstration
1354 NJ State Police Flyby
1356 166th AW C-130 Flyby
1358 VT-9 T-45C Goshawk Flyby (2-ship)
1402 HM-15 MH-53J SeaDragon Flyby
1405 GEICO Skytypers
1420 MISS GEICO Speedboat Race with Skytypers
1426 Jim Beasley Jr. P-51 Mustang Demo
1438 NJ-ArNG/ANG UH-60 Demo & SPIES/FRIES Demo
1443 Mike Wiskus Pitts Aerobatics
1458 USAF Thunderbirds Enlistment Ceremony
1505 USAF Thunderbirds
1600 Airshow Complete
*Airshow schedule subject to change.
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