Gold Team Opens The “Thunder Over The Boardwalk” Air Show


 

“Thunder Over The Boardwalk,” is one of the most popular events in Atlantic City, and one of the very best air shows in the country, with its heart-stopping feats, aerobatics maneuvers, formation flying and solo routines by military and civilian pilots.  An estimated 800,000 people were said to be in attendance and every one of them with a front row seat to watch the Gold Demonstration Team perform some precision skydiving over the Atlantic City Beach.  This was the tenth year for the amazing air show so all the stops were pulled out with performances by Geico Skytypers, Black Diamond Jet Team, Red Eagle Aerobatic and the USAF Thunderbirds just to mention a few ensuring that this year would be the most memorable.  This is also one of the few air shows that the Golden Knights have attended every year since it began.  Over 30 acts entertained the Atlantic City patrons during the six hour airshow leaving no gaps between demonstrations and with nothing but blue skies and light winds no one was disappointed.  The team jumped the day before the air show on the media day and to the disappointment of the team no press wanted to ride up with them during the jump but all their reasons were the same that they wanted to be right there at the target area to see the team’s precision landings. 

On Friday the day of the air show the Gold Team opened the event with SSG Brian Karst as the narrator and accompanying him was SFC Dustin Peregrin who piloted their two stack into the target area.  The Gold Team was also accompanied by SFC Matt Davidson, SFC Sean Sweeney, SFC Justin Blewitt and SFC Drew Starr from the Men’s Eight Way Competition Team allowing for impressive mass formations that could be seen down the entire beach line.  The performance was filled with almost everything in the Team’s arsenal showing the people swooping, accuracy, several different CRW formation and CRW landings.  After the show while the Team packed their parachutes they were greeted with many faithful air show followers that said they had been to the air show every year and had never missed the Golden Knights perform.  After packing the team lined up for some autographs at the Army Recruiting booth where many enthusiastic fans were already waiting to meet the jumpers they just saw. 

 

 

 

 

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