Thunder over the Atlantic City boards

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image wpvi"><span>WPVI</span></div><span class="caption-text">Spectators packed the beaches of Atlantic City as fighter pilots took to the skies.</span></div>
August 20, 2008 4:49:22 PM PDT
While much of the glitz in Atlantic City is on the casino floor today people were craning their necks toward the sky. There's a reason they call it "thunder over the boardwalk." The noise from the low altitude, high-speed aircraft maneuvers can be deafening. But not many we met on the boardwalk today seemed to mind.

This year's show included the U.S. Navy's F-18 Super Hornets, The F-16 CJ Vipers from the U.S. Air Force, The U.S. Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team, and the U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue demonstrations.

The crowds were estimated at 4 to 500-thousand.

"This is the largest beach front air show in the world today," said air show coordinator David Schultz.

But the spectators weren't the only ones excited to be there today. Performers are said to be turned away each year due to the show's popularity.

Interspersed among the military maneuvers were aerobatic displays from some of the most talented pilots in the world. They describe their flying as everything airplanes are NOT supposed to do.

Pilots, it seems, love to fly the skies over the beach, boardwalk, and ocean.

Then, the Air Force Thunderbirds capped off a near-perfect afternoon.

Thunderbirds spokesperson Elizabeth Kreft summed up the emotions of most of those watching today by saying, "I can't tell you how much respect I have for our pilots. They're so well trained."

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