Crowds thronged to the center of town for the start of today's Atlantic City Airshow, and prime beach real estate disappeared early.

Those who wanted to be in the center of town where they could hear the radio broadcast and color by the official airshow announcers decided to camp on ramps leading to the beaches, some with umbrellas to help shield the hot sun.

With a perfect weather day, attendance has a chance to surpass the record of 750,000 people in 2009, particularly because Tuesday's practice run was rained out, forcing airshow enthusiasts to all come Wednesday/

Hundreds of boats lined the ocean a few hundred yards from the beach along the whole island, stretching into Brigantine and Ventnor. On the Boardwalk, thousands of people stood along rails, and parts of the Boardwalk were so crowded, it looked like people were walking shoulder to shoulder.