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Two Air Shows in Two Weeks

Sept 14 & 20 OCEAN CITY’S FIRST BEACH FRONT AIR SHOW TO SHOWCASE STUNTS, FLY-BYS, PARACHUTISTS

OCEAN CITY,

N.J. --- Two air shows are set for Ocean City in September. Stunt planes pilots and sky divers will perform a two hour Aerobatic Air Show for the first time over the beach on Sun., Sept. 14. The dazzling display will be visible the entire length of the City’s boardwalk from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Sat., Sept. 20, the City’s Airport Assn. will hold its 20th Annual Air Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. Admission is free. The airport’s grounds will be packed with unusual airplanes. A variety of Antiques, World War 11, Ultralights, Homebuilts, Classics and Warbirds will be parked for inspection and judged for prizes.

There will be demonstrations over the field including an advertising banner pick-up, Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration and glider take-off. An exciting model airplane demonstration will be performed by the Atlantic County Sky Blazers, members of the American Model Airplane Assn.

The Boardwalk-Beach stunt program on Sept. 14 will feature fast action performances including Rob Holland, the current Number One Championship Aerobatic Pilot in the world having captured the title in July at the World Championships in Oregon. Parachute jumping onto the beach will be demonstrated by the Free Fall Adventures Parachute team to open the show.

Other performers include Kevin Russo in a vintage SNJ-6 Texan, Dr. Smoke in his Italian Machetti aircraft with three color smoke, The Red Star Raiders Formation Team featuring Chinese and Russian Trainer aircraft and the Firebirds Aerobatic Team. A demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard is also planned.

Coordination, operations and announcing of the Beachfront Air Show will be conducted by David Shultz of Airshows LLC, Coatsville, Pa. The company has produced over 30 world wide events in 2008. The show will be narrated over the Boardwalk public address system starting 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitors to the Airport Festival on September 20 will be able to access an FAA Twin Engine plane and there will be airplane rides for a fee. The model airplane demonstration will feature helicopters, jets and other planes.

The models will be put through dramatic maneuvers, some zooming straight up several hundred feet, then catapulting towards the ground and pulling out of the dive a short distance from the runway. Some model jets attain speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

A paper airplane flying contest is set for youngster starting 11 a.m. between Hangers A and B at the airport. Age categories are 4-6, 7-8 and 9-1`2. Materials to make the planes will be provided. Ribbons and balsa planes will be awarded to winners. Entry is free.

The event also features a display of antique automobiles. There will be face painters, greyhounds to admire and children can also enjoy a mini playground at the entrance to the airport. The airport festival is sponsored by the Ocean City Airport Assn. and Experimental Aircraft Assn. Chapter 287 in cooperation with the City. The Boardwalk-Beach Aerobatic show is sponsored by the City’s Boardwalk Merchants Assn. and Tourism Commission. For information, call 609-525-9300.