ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (December 10, 2015) – Now celebrating its 14th year, the 2016 Atlantic City Airshow will return to the skies above the beautiful free beaches and Boardwalk in Atlantic City on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. GEICO will return as the presenting sponsor of next year’s 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 the 2016 airshow,” said Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Joe Kelly. “The show also returns to the August midweek timeframe, allowing us to bring these breathtaking performances in front of the large summer crowds,” he added.
The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron (“Thunderbirds”) is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF). The Thunderbirds are assigned to the 57th Wing, and are based at Nellis AFB, Nevada. The Thunderbirds perform aerial demonstrations in the F-16C Fighting Falcon, and they also fly two F-16D twin-seat trainers. 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.
In addition to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, confirmed for the 2016 show are U. S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and the GEICO Skytypers. The Atlantic City Airshow will also feature one of only four USMC mv-22 osprey demonstrations for 2016.
“The Atlantic City Airshow continues to be one of Atlantic City’s biggest free summer events,” said CRDA Executive Director, John Palmieri. “With community and city-wide participation at all levels, the show attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and is a cornerstone of our strategy for major non-gaming tourism drivers for Atlantic City,” he added.
Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) is the host airport for the Atlantic City Airshow. The majority of Atlantic City Airshow performers take off and land via ACY, although the airshow takes place over the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
The Atlantic City Airshow is a community partnership between the Greater Atlantic City Chamber; 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; the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and many others.
Sponsorship packages are available for the 2016 Atlantic City Airshow. Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Greater Atlantic City Chamber Director of Member Events Elisa Monroe at 609-345-4524, ext. 102.