Bird strike cuts Atlantic City Airshow short

    A bird strike was to blame for a decision to cut the final routine short at the Atlantic City Air Show yesterday.

    “They were in the last two minutes of their routine. Between the bird strike and the haze throughout the day, it wasn’t worth trying to finish,” said airshow boss, David Schultz to the Press of Atlantic City.

    In spite of the strike, all five of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds landed safely at the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Township.

    It was actually the second bird-related incident that occurred on Friday. The first was when a bird got in the way that forcing Thunderbird pilots to miss a pass earlier in the performance.

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