Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk’s Schedule for 2017

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by
First published in 2013 but updated annually.

AC Airshow Schedule


The Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk Line-up & Schedule of Performances for 2017


The 16th Annual Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk, is always an amazing family-friendly event that never seems to disappoint. And of course, this year will be no different. This FREE family-friendly event this year will feature The USAF Thunderbirds. I look forward to seeing them! In addition, there will be almost 30 different performances before the close of the Atlantic City Air Show at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd.


Don’t forget to mark your calendars because this is an event that you will not want to miss!


Children of all ages can have fun at the air show!

Children of all ages can have fun at the air show!


Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk’s Schedule for 2017

  • 11:15     U.S. Army Golden Knights Streamer Drop
  • 11:35     Rob Holland Skywriting
  • 11:43     US Army Golden Knights Flag Jump w/National Anthem
  • 11:51     US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
  • 11:57     Rob Holland MXS Aerobatic Teaser
  • 12:01     NJ ANG 177th FW F-16CJ Falcon Flyby
  • 12:04     NJ ANG 10:8th WG KC-135R Stratotanker Flyby
  • 12:06     USAF 305th AMW C-17A Globemaster III Flyby
  • 12:08     USAF 305th AMW KC-10:A Extender Flyby
  • 12:10     NJ ANG Composite Wing Flyby (KC-1:5 & (2) F-16s)
  • 12:12     6ABC Chopper Flyby
  • 12:14     Medical Helicopter Flybys
  • 12:16     NJ State Police A139 Flyby
  • 12:18     Jim Beasley Jr. SNJ Aerobatics
  • 12:26     USAF 436th C-17A Globemaster III Flyby
  • 12:28     USAF 436th AMW C-5M Super Galaxy Flyby
  • 12:30     FAA Global 5000 Flybys (2-passes)
  • 12:32     US Navy E-2C Hawkeye Flyby (2-passes)
  • 12:35     US Navy MH-53E Super Stallion Flyby (2-passes)
  • 12:38     USAF 1st HS UH-1H Plush Huey Flyby
  • 12:40     US Navy F/A-18C Hornet Demonstration
  • 12:54     US Coast Guard MH-65D Demonstration
  • 1:06     DE ANG 166th AW C-130H Hercules Flyby
  • 1:08     NJ-ArNG/NJ-ANG UH-60 Fast Rope Insertion & Extraction System (FRIES) Demonstration
  • 1:16     GEICO Skytypers
  • 1:34     Miss Geico Speedboat vs. GEICO Skytypers Race
  • 1:39     US Army Golden Knights Streamer Drop
  • 1:43     Jim Beasley Jr. P-51 Mustang Demonstration
  • 1:55     Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
  • 2:15     Randy Ball MiG-17 Demonstration
  • 2:30     Rob Holland MXS Demonstration
  • 2:45     OPEN WINDOW
  • 2:50     USAF Thunderbirds Enlistment Ceremony
  • 2:55     USAF Thunderbirds

*Airshow schedule is tentative and is subject to change without notice. Weather, mechanical issues and aircraft availability are among the reasons for such changes. Click here to see any additional updates.


My top 3 favorite Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk performances include:

1. Geico Skytypers & Geico Speedboat Race

As their name suggests, the Skytypers do skywriting in puffs of smoke. Most planes that spell out names or create midair images do it laboriously, one letter at a time, using the craft’s thick emissions trail. “We’re the only guys in the country that do it digitally at altitude, through a computer,” says Arken. [Arken is commanding officer and lead pilot for the Geico Skytypers, a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft that performs precision flight maneuvers at airshows around the United States.] “We can do 25 letters in a minute and a half.”

2. ChefPitts Pitts Aerobatics

3. FAA flybys

Air Show

We love the planes in formation. | Photo Courtesy Jersey Family Fun


With all the great performances and fun in the sun and sand what is will your favorite one be? Would love to hear what everyone’s favorite performances are and what has been your all time favorite performance if you have gone multiple times over the years. Post a comment below or on our Facebook page!


If you loved this list check out our other posts about the Atlantic City Air Show:Thunder Over the Boardwalk to prepare you for what is in store on this beautiful day at the free family-friendly show. We go over everything you will need to know to make this trip an enjoyable one for you and your family.


Check out our Atlantic City Air Show pictures from an earlier Thunder Over the Boardwalk on Facebook.


For more details from Atlantic City, including stay & play options, please visit this link.


For more ideas for things to do with the kids in Atlantic City after the Air Show, please visit this link.


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