Atlantic City Airshow 2012

August 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

My last post detailed some of my favorite things to do in Atlantic City; but of course it was not all-inclusive. Today I bring you one of the best things to happen here in a long time-the annual Atlantic City Airshow!

I didn't see the whole thing; for more pictures and information please check out the Press of Atlantic City coverage.

I arrived on the boardwalk in front of the Atlantic Club at the start of the Geico Skytypers show.

The Skytypers, all civilian pilots with years of experience use SNJ2s, WWII era training planes. Only 12 remain in the world, and the Skytypers fly six of them. Rare birds indeed!  Some of their amazing work:

No that is not a mountain but one of our ridiculously high dunes! Courtesy the Corp of Engineers-thanks but no thanks. But I'll leave that discussion for another day.

 

From the beach

The Geico speedboat "racing" with the plane

Next to perform were the Raiders Demonstration Team, flying two Yak 52s, a Soviet training plane first flown in 1976, and one Nanchang CJ6, a Chinese trainer first built in 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Diamond Jet Team is a seven ship civilian team flying five L-39s and two MIG-17s. Some of their incredible work, including a LOW pass at over the water:

The USAF Thunderbirds  capped off the show. Unfortunately they were forced to cut their performance short after one of the planes hit a bird, but they closed out the show with grace and thunder, as always. More links from their website-their History, Team, and drop-dead amazing stuff on their Media Gallery.

One of their more famous feats of derring-do

Poetry in motion

Thanks for joining me at this year's Airshow. Please click on the links above for more information about the planes pictured, and/or the Press website at the top for more general info about the show. For my pictures of 2010's show, please click here.

I hope you can make the Airshow part of your summer sometime soon. It never disappoints!


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