USAF Thunderbirds to headline 2017 AC Airshow

 The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform over Atlantic City at the 2016 air show. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform over Atlantic City at the 2016 air show. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will again soar at the shore when the Atlantic City Airshow celebrates its 15th year this Wednesday, Aug 23.

What won’t be allowed to take to the skies, however, are drones. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be strictly prohibited in AC, Brigantine and Margate, beginning two days before the show.A temporary flight restriction will be put in place by the Federal Aviation Authority and violators will be arrested.

Thunderbird F-16 pilots perform around 40 aerobatic maneuvers during their hour-long demonstration,in a thrilling combination of formation flying and solo routines.

The popular air demonstration squadron – the third oldest in the world – will headline what has becomea signature summer event for the city.

Also scheduled are 15 different flybys and demonstrations from the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18F Super HornetEast Coast Demonstration Team, GEICO Skytypers vintage WWII aircraft, the U.S. Coast Guard’s MH-65 helicopters, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, plus aerial feats from air show veterans Jim Beasley, Jr., Randy Ball and Rob Holland.

All acts are performed over the beach rather than an airfield and any spot on in the sand or on the boardwalk will provide excellent views.

Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars and wear sunglasses for optimal sighting of the spectacular feats of flight.

Parking can be found through-out the city, costing $10 and up. A complimentary shuttle service between Brighton Park and the boardwalk will be provided from the Borgata Casino’s north entrance.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – beach and boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.

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