A massive aerial demonstration of flying prowess is coming to Atlantic City next Wednesday, with some 400,000 people expected to come see the 4-hour spectacular spectacle.
This year’s show will include demonstrations from the F/A-18 Super Hornet, Full Throttle – the largest civilian formation team in the country – along with 27 other demonstrations from various aircraft groups.
Here’s what to know: the show itself is free and can best be seen on the Atlantic City boardwalk and beaches. In front of the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall (2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401) is the absolute best spot, according to officials. If you’re willing to spend some money, ocean-facing hotel rooms will also provide incredible views of the show.
Want to avoid Atlantic City? You can still watch the show. Just go to the beaches at Margate, Ventnor, or Brigantine, and you should get a nice view. Or even better, get a boat and watch from the ocean itself. Just keep in mind that there will be a “no boat zone” during the event, so you will have to be careful where you go.
The show itself will begin at 11:30 am Wednesday morning when the United States Army Parachute Team, called the Golden Knights, will parachute down. The event ends at 3:30 pm following the performance of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Here is the full schedule:
11:00 AM: Airspace Closes for Airshow, TFR in Effect, Boats in Place
11:30 AM: US Army Golden Knights Flag Jump w/National Anthem
11:38 AM: US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
11:44 AM: NJ ANG 177th FW F-16 Flyby
11:45 AM: NJ ANG 108th WG KC-135 Flyby
11:47 AM: NBC 10 Helicopter Flybys
11:50 AM: NJ ANG Composite Wing Flyby (KC-135 & (2) F-16s)
11:52 AM: Chris Thomas SNJ-2 Aerobatics
12:03 PM: USN MH-53 Super Stallions Flyover
12:09 PM: USAF C-17A Globemaster III Demonstration
12:23 PM: Medical Helicopter Flybys
12:25 PM: NJ State Police Flybys
12:33 PM: 552 nd ACW E-3C Sentry Flyby
12:35 PM: NJ-ArNG/NJ-ANG UH-60 SPIES/FRIES Demonstration
12:43 PM: 552 nd ACW E-3C Sentry Flyby
12:45 PM: 1 st HS, UH-1N Twin Huey (2-ship) Flyby
12:49 PM: FAA William J Hughes Aircraft Flybys (2-passes)
12:54 PM: Jim Beasley Jr./Ed Shipley Ti-6 (2-ship) Demo
1:06 PM: US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demonstration
1:16 PM: Paul Dougherty Eagle Aerobatics
1:34 PM: Full Throttle Formation Team
1:49 PM: Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration
2:09 PM: Jim Beasley Jr. P-51 Mustang Demonstration
2:19 PM: USN F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration
2:34 PM: USN Legacy Flight F/A-18 & FG-1D Corsair
2:49 PM: USAF Thunderbirds Enlistment Ceremony
3:00 PM: USAF Thunderbirds