Atlantic City Airshow August 22, 2018 — FREE

Atlantic City, NJ Airshow at the Jersey Shore!

The 2018 “Annual” Atlantic City Airshow is one of those summer events, you don’t want to miss.

What:  Atlantic City Airshow – Thunder Over The Boardwalk
When: Wednesday August, 22, 2018
Where: All beaches and boardwalk, center being Florida Ave.
Time: Begins at 11:30am – Last Pass bweeen 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Cost: FREE

In this post, you will find tips on where to park, where to watch as well as AC Airshow Hotel Discounts, have fun and enjoy the 2nd largest Air Show in the United States of America.

Parking Tips For This Event – You probably already know that Atlantic City is a drive in city, this is good news for you as there are enough parking spaces to support over 250,000 automobiles and buses.  Please remember there 3 ways to enter, the AC Expressway, Route 40 Black Horse Pike and Route 30 White Horse Pike.  Also don’t forget there is a train that will bring right into the center of the action to the terminal at the Convention Center.

  • If you arrive early enough, say before 9am, you can target the NJTA surface lots just off the expressway across from the Tanger Outlets and near Boardwalk Hall just off Atlantic Ave.
  • If you think you’re early enough, you can go after the prime parking at Caesars, Trump Plaza, Underground at Boardwalk Hall.
  • Note – you can park at the old Surf Stadium and Bader Field on Albany Ave, Black Horse Pike and ride the Jitney into the boardwalk, this is a great option.
  • Otherwise target public garages and casino parking away from the center of town.  This includes Revel Casino, Taj Mahal, Showboat, Resorts, New York Ave Garage, Bally’s, Atlantic Club and Tropicana.
  • If you want to avoid the pressure of parking all together, choose to park at Borgata, Harrah’s or Golden Nugget and take the jitney bus to the boardwalk.

Atlantic City Airshow Viewing Ideas and Tips

If you’re like me, you may ask “Where is the Best Place to Watch the Airshow”?  It’s not a simple answer however.   The Atlantic City Airshow covers the entire beach from the Atlantic Club Casino to Revel Resorts Casino with the center being Florida ave near Boardwalk Hall.

  • Grabbing a space at the beach and spreading out is really comfortable, this is our number one spot, enjoy the beach and the thrills!
  • All casino and hotel pool decks and outdoor spaces. If you’re staying overnight, odds are your hotel has a dedicated viewing section.
  • You can pay for VIP Seating at Bellevue Ave in the center of the action for $30 – $50 per person includes a meal ticket or all you can eat & drink presented by Flight Line Club Call 609-813-2121 for details.
  • One cool spot if you can grab a space, is the 1st and 2nd floor rear deck of the Pier At Caesars.  Access to all types of food and beverages.
  • Beach Bars – rest assured two prime spots are the Bally’s Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar and Resorts Land Shark Grill, both are highly recommended.
  • One popular place for visitors and spectators is the top floor of any casino parking garage, the thunder from the planes fill like it’s just over your head.

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Schedule of Flights

Wednesday August 22nd – Flight Guide (TBA)

  • The Thunderbirds and US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will return this year, update schedule TBA, this is last years. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are back and will be making their renowned rumble over the Boardwalk. Other headliners include the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, a demonstration by a U.S. Navy Harrier Jet, Rob Holland MX-2 Aerobatics and the famous Geico Skytypers.
  • 11:30 Tow banner planes
  • 12:00 US Army Golden Knights Flag Jump with National Anthem
  • 12:08 US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
  • 12:18 Andrew McKenna P-51 Demonstration
  • 12:28 US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demonstration
  • 12:40 Jim Beasley Jr. Spitfire Demonstration
  • 12:50 Jason Flood Pitts S1S Demonstration
  • 1:02 Jack Kelly, 1951 Bell 47 Helicopter Model D1
  • 1:05 Atlanticare Medical Helo Flyby
  • 1:07 MidAtlantic MedEvac Helo Flyby
  • 1:09 6ABC News Chopper Flyby
  • 1:11 USMC AV-8B Harrier II Demonstration
  • 1:22 Geico Skytypers (6-ship) & Geico Speedboat Race
  • 1:43 Warrior Aviation L-39 Demo
  • 1:53 Raiders Demonstration Team
  • 2:10 FAA Flybys
  • 2:15 Andrew McKenna P-51 & Jim Beasley Jr. Spitfire 2-Ship Routine
  • 2:25 Rob Holland MX-2 Aerobatics (World Unlimited Aerobatic Champion)
  • 2:40 US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show
  • 3:05 USAF Thunderbirds
  •  4:00 Airshow Ends
  • Schedule subject to change contingent upon weather, aircraft availability and maintenance.

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62 comments for “Atlantic City Airshow August 22, 2018 — FREE

  1. Tom Woodruff
    July 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    You failed to mention that parking will be available at Bader Field for $10. This is the lowest price for parking and it includes a free shuttle to and from the Boardwalk. Easy in and easy out. No waiting in traffic. This service is being provided by the Atlantic City Jitney Association.

  2. Jeff
    July 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    The video is poor quality and really difficult to see. I have a much higher quality one if you want it. I will be there this year too. just a thought!

  3. Tom
    August 14, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Forget parking at the casinos on the day of the Airshow, they charged $35-40 the last few years and traffic is very bad getting out of the garage. Use the Free Parking at the old Surf Stadium and take a Jitney to the boardwalk or use the new Wave Parking Garage on Fairmount and Mississippi ave. Casinos are a ripoff. they jacked up rates. The amount they charged should be illegal, from $5 to $35?

  4. Guy Lanni
    August 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Will there be any WWII planes like B-17, B-24, etc. If so, will they be viewable at the AC Airport and will they be flying over.

  5. Atlantic City Guy
    August 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Guy, I don’t see any of the WWII planes listed on this years flight schedule. Should be a great show even without the planes you are interested in. As far as seeing anything near the airport, you will see them as they approach for landing or take off but the traffic patterns vary so you’ll get views of individual planes out there!

  6. Kat
    August 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I heard previously that you can catch them running practice runs on the day before the show. Do you know if they do this?

  7. John Becker
    August 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

    There are a Spitfire, Mustang and a P-51 Busting on the schedule. They are both WWII aircraft.

  8. Atlantic City Guy
    August 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Kat, yes, on Thursday you will catch a lot of what the actual show show will be in the air as they do their practice runs, best place to view is on the beach or Atlantic City boardwalk! Have fun.

  9. norman
    August 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Can you view from Brigantine? we can drive onto the beach packin g our stuff.

  10. damagecontrol
    August 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Where are the f-14 tomcats? They served the country just as well as another plane. No one can forget top gun……..

  11. Atlantic City Guy
    August 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Norman, you’ll see some action from Brigantine, the recommendation is to print the schedule so you can stay plugged in to what plans you are seeing matched with the time. AC Airshow Schedule

  12. Candy
    August 16, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Air show does practice the day before. Even better no crowd

  13. Chris Rappaport
    August 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    You can definitely see them practicing on Thursday! And for those with little ones, don’t forget to pack earplugs or better yet, noise blocking headphones!:-)

  14. Candice
    August 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Do you guys know what times they will be practicing today??

  15. Atlantic City Guy
    August 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Candice, they have already started, really cool! It’s now 10:00 am in Atlantic City on Thursday before the Airshow.

  16. Bob
    August 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Are the beaches free ??

  17. Atlantic City Guy
    August 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Bob, Beaches are 100% FREE. Parking is your only expense, the Park and Ride at Bernie Robbins Stadium is one good way, the Wave Parking Garage at Mississippi ave and Fairmount ave is another good one, surface lots all over and casino garages.

  18. Bob
    August 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you AC Guy !!

  19. Bob
    August 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Also, are there announcers on the beach and if so where are they located ??

  20. jon
    August 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    no F/A-18 Super Hornet?

  21. planemom
    August 17, 2012 at 3:44 am

    AC Jitney Association: $20 per car includes parking and shuttle to/from AC Boardwalk, beginning at 6:30 a.m. on day of airshow and continues until 6:30 p.m. Pickup at Bader Field at the end of each row of cars; drop-off at Boardwalk, near Albany Avenue.

    Park ‘n Ride at the SJTA Expressway Intercept lot will be provided by The Atlantic City Jitney Association through the SJTA: $20 per vehicle includes parking and shuttle to/from the AC Boardwalk Shuttles will run from 9am – 5pm continuously on the day of the Air Show. Drop off and pickup point will be at Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk Park ‘n Ride at Bader Field.

  22. justine
    August 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    How is the show viewing it on a boat?

  23. Atlantic City Guy
    August 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Most of the water in front of beaches is restricted, so the very nort or south end of beach is next best. Probably great from a boat, have fun!

  24. Bruce
    August 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Damage Control- The F-14 Tomcat has been retired for several years. They required twice the maintenance man hours per flight hour than the FA-18, and most were approaching the max hours before becoming unsafe

  25. Tracy
    August 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Just leaving Philly now. Recommendations for a 1st timer and that I decided to go last minute? Parking? Best spots? Should I go at all? Figures it’s until 3 so…..let me know.

  26. Bonnie
    September 28, 2012 at 1:31 am

    does anyone know when the 2013 air show will be?

  27. June
    November 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    So just to confirm, the correct day is Wednesday the 17th? Can’t wait this is one of my favorite days on the beach!

  28. Jeff
    November 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    The video is poor quality and a bit difficult to watch. I have some really good shots if you want them. Just a thought! I will send you an email.

  29. CJ Smith III
    February 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Can’t wait for this years Airshow, new dates are good and we are planning to spend a few days in Atlantic City for this event. This post really helped me figure out where to watch from, just a thanks for that!

  30. Zev
    February 22, 2013 at 5:05 am

    The “Thunder over the boardwalk” will be a lot quieter this year… NO Thunderbirds! 🙁
    I looked on their website and they didn’t list Atlantic City on their schedule. I’m going to research further, maybe Blue Angels instead of Thunderbirds.

  31. Jorge
    June 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Quick question?
    For the 2013 air show is it possible to catch the action on Tuesday as they practice? Unfortunately I won’t be there on Wednesday.
    If so, do all the aircraft and annouoncers rehearse on Tuesday?
    Thank you,

  32. Atlantic City Guy
    June 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Jorge, in previous years the flight list and schedule was much bigger so the day before the AirShow was always a great day to see a glimpse of the participating aircraft. Because there are fewer flights, you will see less activity on Tuesday. Have fun either way!

  33. Debbie
    June 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What time does the practice start on Tuesday? Will there be a lot of flights on that day? Do you know if there are any postings about this online?

    the day before the airshow is a simulation day, basically the same show as the airshow, this year starts at 12 noon, previous years start at 10am.

  34. Jim S.
    June 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    About that rehearsal day, Tuesday, do you know when they’ll be practicing? Will it be at the same schedule and timeline? Or earlier? I’m unable to make it Wednesday, and I want to bring a friend who’s never been to an airshow. Thanks!

  35. Natalie Cooper
    June 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Just wondering whether the casinos parking, where you are spending the night, still charge the high parking prices. I usually pay 5.00 as a Trump member to use their parking lots. Will this be the same or do they still jack up the price? Didn’t even think about this. It will be my first time at the airshow and was planning on coming in to the city by 9:00a.m. or so. Will I be able to get decent parking then? Tried getting a hotel for Tuesday night, but no deal, so . Thanks for your posts. The tips were VERY helpful for this first-timer… traveling with 5 kids !! GULP

  36. Jester M
    June 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    A note for Airshow Attendee’s!

    The 2013 Foundation Room Airshow Party at the Showboat Casino!

    Wednesday, June 26th from 11am to 3:30pm

    Call 609-343-4523 For Reservations!

    General Admission – $50
    Standing room w/ 1 Ketel drink ticket & lounge buffet

    Reserved Seating Lounge Side – $75
    Reserved seating w/ 1 bottle of champagne & lounge buffet

    Dining Room Balcony – $150
    3 courses w/ open Ketel bar 12-2pm (Adults only)

    Children – $30
    Admission & lounge buffet

  37. Roger
    June 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I plan on getting to AC by 9am on Wednesday for the airs show. If I bring my bicycle,and am just staying for the show, where is the best place to park? thanks.

  38. Judi Cusumano
    June 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Will I be able to see practice runs tuesday june 25, 2013 from the boardwalk?

  39. Atlantic City Guy
    June 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Judi, Practice times are very similar to the actualt show, plan on from 12 noon to 3pm Tuesday for the practice version of the AC Airshow. Have fun!

  40. Atlantic City Guy
    June 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Roger, are you saying you will park your car and ride your bike to the boardwalk? There is a secret parking lot that will probably cost $5 – $10 located off Pacific ave toward the boardwalk between Indiana Ave and Martin Luther King Blvd, you may need to know that bicycles are only able to be on the boardwalk between 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM. You can park your bike on any entrance ramp, it’s recommended you lock it up. Have fun!

  41. Al
    June 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Compared to previous years, this years Air Show was horrible. Very boring. Without the military it’s just a bunch of crop dusters doing the same loop over and over again. Won’t waste my time next year unless they bring back the best planes and our Military participates. Many others around me felt the same. The porevious 5 years AC Airshow were amazing, this one was a buzz kill, please bring back a stronger line-up in 2014!

  42. Millennm
    January 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Here’s a beach picture from the Air show, lots of people at the beach, really fun event:

  43. Keira
    January 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Can’t wait for this years Airshow in Atlantic City, I heard the Thunderbirds will be back this year in addition to all the other great planes and teams that are connected to the US Government. See you there!1

  44. James Eldridge
    February 9, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I’m thinking this years airshow may be the best in some time, it looks like we will see all the Military planes and teams once again which is nice. See you on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City for Thunder Over Atlantic City! Jimmy

  45. Sean
    March 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Just a reminder for 2014 in august, the thunderbirds are scheduled after a one year absence. Going to be fantastic show!

  46. Steve Dunn
    May 26, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Looks like very few contemporary aircraft. How much aerobics do we need? Let’s see the Raptor, an F-14, a flyby by 4 F-18s, maybe a stealth bomber, some A-10s, an F-16. As announced so far, I am not impressed.

  47. Atlantic City Guy
    May 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Steve, you should come check it out live this year or, I heard they will have an online streaming video, most flights will have a GoPro attached in some way. Should be pretty cool!

  48. steve Dunn
    June 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Why no contemporary military jets. How many times do I need to see the old stuff? How about an F-16 or F-18 fly over from the NE over the beach like years ago. Where are the F-14, F-15’s? Might be nice to see a stealth aircraft and maybe an F-22. No heavy lift like Galaxy. This show ought get into the 21st century.

  49. steve Dunn
    June 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    AC guy. I live here. I have attended all the shows. I even know the Aussie who is the announcer. We need some high tech stuff.

  50. Jonna
    July 27, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Any chance the show can be seen from Ocean City? We’ll be there anyway and not sure the kiddos can last the whole time in AC.

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