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Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk 2020
August 26 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
First published in 2013 but updated annually.
2020 Update on the Atlantic City Air Show, Thunder Over the Boardwalk
The Greater Atlantic City Chamber regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2020 Atlantic City Airshow due to public health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
While COVID cases continue to decline in New Jersey, other states are experiencing increases. Using last year’s theme, “A Salute to Those Who Serve,” this year’s theme was going to be expanded to include not only members of the military, but also heroes on the front line who worked and continue to work tirelessly to provide critical care and services relating to the COVID crisis.
“The Airshow generates enormous economic impacts for the City and the region, but a mass gathering this summer creates too great a risk to our residents and those traveling in from other states,” said Michael Chait, President of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber. “The priority of our organization and of our many partners is public health and safety surrounding an event of this size. We are sorry to disappoint the thousands of participants who look forward to attending this family-friendly event each year and look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2021.”
The Atlantic City Airshow is the largest mid-week Airshow in the country and is the largest event in New Jersey, attracting upwards of 500,000 spectators from the tri-state region. Over the years, the Chamber expanded opportunities for greater audience engagement, including the introduction of mid-week events that included a Red, White and Blue barbeque and a boardwalk-based Veterans Resource Row. The Chamber is incredibly proud of its collaboration with dozens of partners and government agencies over the past 17 years, resulting in a world-class event.
Below are details from the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow
Now celebrating its 17th year, the 2019 Atlantic City Airshow will return to the skies above the beautiful free beaches and Boardwalk in Atlantic City on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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, United States Army Golden knights and the GEICO Skytypers to participate in Atlantic City’s signature summer event,” said Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Joe Kelly. “This year’s show was selected as one of the first eight airshows in North America that will feature an appearance by the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force Red Arrows.”
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 Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows showcase the excellence of the RAF and represent the United Kingdom both at home and overseas. The team consists of 11 pilots, nine of whom fly in the display, and more than 100 support personnel and technicians. Each of the pilots has previous fast‐jet, operational experience flying the Tornado, Typhoon or Harrier, enabling the RAF to secure the skies and protect the nation and its interests, 365‐days a year. One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows have completed almost 5,000 displays, in 57 countries, since its opening 1965 season. The team flies British‐built BAE Systems Hawk T1 fast‐jets.
Atlantic City Air Show: Thunder Over the Boardwalk Full Schedule
- 11:30 AM National Anthem Flag Jumps by the US Army Golden Knights
- 11:38 AM US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Mass Exit Show
- 11:44 AM NJ-ANG 177th FW F-16 Fighting Falcon Formation Flyby
- 11:45 AM NJ-ANG 108th WG KC-135R Stratotanker Flyby
- 11:47 AM PA-ANG 193rd SOW EC-130J Command Solo Flyby
- 11:48 AM WPVI 6ABC Chopper 6 Flyby
- 11:50 AM USAF 1HS UH-1N Flyby
- 11:53 AM NJ ANG Compositie Wing Flyby (KC-135 and F-16)
- 11:55 AM Lee Leets Shorts Tucano Aerobatic Demonstration
- 12:09 PM Jerry Conley DH-112 Vampire Aerobatic Demonstration
- 12:24 PM British Legacy Flight
- 12:30 PM Royal Air Force Red Arrows
- 1:00 PM USAF 2nd BW B-52 Stratofortress Flyby
- 1:02 PM Medical Helicopter Flyby
- 1:04 PM New Jersey State Police Flyby
- 1:08 PM USAF 436th AMW C-17A Globemaster III Flyby
- 1:10 PM FAA TEch Center Citation 560XL Flyby
- 1:14 PM Delaware State Hornet Flight Formation Team Flyby
- 1:18 PM DE ANG 166th AW C-130H Hercules Flyby
- 1:22 PM GEICO Skytypers
- 1:38 PM Miss GEICO Speedboat Race with the GEICO Skytypers
- 1:43 PM USCG Enlistment Ceremony
- 1:45 PM USCG Search and Rescue Demonstration
- 1:55 PM Lucas Oil Mike Wiskus Pitts Aerobatic Demonstration
- 2:12 PM Jim Beasley Jr. Jr. P-51 Mustang Demonstration
- 2:21 PM US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
- 2:41 PM ACEMAKER Greg Colyer T-33 Shooting Star Aerobatic Demonstration
- 2:55 PM USAF Thunderbirds Enlistment Ceremony
- 3:00 PM USAF Thunderbirds
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 tips on attending the 2019 Thunder Over the Boardwalk, read our article.
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.