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A Salute to Those Who Serve: Atlantic City Airshow Returns

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Atlantic City Airshow Returns


The Greater Atlantic City Chamber is pleased to announce the return of the Atlantic City Airshow “A Salute to Those Who Serve,” presented by GEICO on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. The 18th Annual event will feature the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act.

“We are thrilled to host the 2021 Atlantic City Airshow and we are so grateful for our partners and supporters who have returned to help make all the moving parts of this event come together and run smoothly,” said Greater Atlantic City Chamber President, Michael Chait.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are debuting a new demonstration to the public for the first time in nearly 40 years during their 2021 performance schedule.  The new demonstration comes after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled a majority of the 2020 season, giving the team time to enhance their maneuvers.  The performance centers around emotion and entertainment, while still showcasing the complexity, challenge and capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the men and women who fly them.

The U.S. Airforce is also sending the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team to the Atlantic City Airshow.  The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s premier 5th generation fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, extreme maneuverability and integrated avionics represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions that are vital to the 21st century Air Force.

The United States Army Parachute Team, commonly known as the Golden Knights, will also be returning to the Atlantic City Airshow. This performance consists of demonstration and competition parachutist teams drawn from all branches of the Army.

Also returning are the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team.  The team flies six WWII era aircraft, the North American SNJ and the T-6 Texan variant. Both were used as advanced training aircraft to prepare pilots of “The Greatest Generation” for WWII. The team performs a low-level, precision demonstration that features maneuvers and tactics flown by the United States military. In addition to air show performances, the team “skytypes” giant messages in the sky. Five aircraft fly in a line abreast formation and type dot-matrix style 1,000-foot tall messages that can be seen for 15 miles in any direction.

“As we reflect on the past year, GEICO would like to thank the military, first responders, and front-line health care workers for their untiring effort to see us through the pandemic,” said Bill Brower GEICO’s assistant vice president of marketing. “During this time of crisis, many sacrifices were made to aid people in need, and we want to salute your efforts. Thank you for selflessly going above and beyond during this time. We are honored to sponsor the Atlantic City Airshow to recognize this group of responders.”

The 2021 event is partnering with the New Jersey Hospital Association to welcome and salute the incredible work performed by healthcare workers from across the state in caring for their patients, residents and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. A select number of healthcare professionals will be invited to show center to enjoy the festivities and to be recognized for their incredible work during the pandemic.

The Atlantic City Airshow offers prime viewing at the center point of the show. All other Atlantic City Beach locations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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