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Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012 6:01 pm

2012 Atlantic City Thunder Over the Boardwalk Airshow Schedule

10 a.m. — Airspace closes for airshow, temporary flight restriction in effect

10:30 a.m. — Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Blimp of New Jersey flybys. The blimp is one of only 20 in operation worldwide. It is the only airship sponsored by a health care company.

10:45 a.m. — Airshow sponsors banner tow aircraft flybys

11 a.m. — US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Flag Jump with National Anthem: The U.S. Army Golden Knights perform live aerial demonstrations for the public and in promotion of the Army's public relations and recruitment efforts. They compete in national and international parachuting competitions.

11:08 a.m. — US Army Golden Knights Mass Exit Show

11:15 a.m. — U.S. Air Force NJ-ANG 177th FW F-16 Fighting Falcon flyby (4-ship): The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.

11:17 a.m. — NJ-ANG 108th WG KC-135R Stratotanker flyby: The Stratotanker's principal mission is air refueling. This unique asset greatly enhances the U.S. Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary missions of global reach and global power.

11:19 a.m. — MA-ANG 104th FW F-15C Eagle flyby (2-ship): The F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters, with more than 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights.

11:21 a.m. — DE-ANG 166th AW C-130H Hercules flyby (2-ship): The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation and cargo transport aircraft.

11:23 a.m. — NJ-ANG Composite flyby (KC-135 & F-16)

11:24 a.m. — NJ State Police Helicopter (AW139, Bell 206, S-76) flyby: These helicopters enhance response capabilities in tactical and search and rescue operations. They can reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible, such as mountainside locations or disabled ships on the water.

11:26 a.m. — Raiders Demonstration Team 3-Ship aerobatic demonstration: The Raider Pilots are Level II Qualified in both formation and solo aerobatics and display the capabilities of the Yakolev 52 and Nanchang CJ6 aircraft in precision formation and solo aerobatic flight - always at show center.

11:36 a.m. — US Coast Guard Search & Rescue demonstration (MH-65D, MH-65D & MH-60J): The HH-65 Dauphin Helicopters are the backbone of Coast Guard aviation. They have accumulated more than 600,000 flight hours and 400,000 missions in a 16-year period.

11:42 a.m. — US Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules flyby (2 passes): With new engines and props, the J can reach 28,000 feet in just 14 minutes. For tricky, low-altitude maneuvers, new avionics and dual head-up displays make it easier and safer to operate. It also offers reduced manpower requirements, lower operating costs, support costs and life-cycle costs.

11:51 a.m. — FAA William J Hughes Tech Center Convair 580 and Global 5000 flybys (2 passes): Conversion from Convair CV-340 or CV-440 aircraft with two Allison 501 D13D/H turboprop engines in place of the piston engines, an enlarged vertical fin and modified horizontal stabilizers. The conversions were performed by Pacific Airmotive on behalf of the Allison Engine Company. The Bombardier Global 5000 is a super large business jet which, with a range of 8,889 km, is capable of flying directly from continental Europe to the central United States at high speed. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.88 (935 km/h).

11:57 a.m. — MidAtlantic MedEvac flyby: Medevac 5 is operated by MidAtlantic MedEvac on behalf of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. ARMC EMS works in collaboration with local and regional first responders who transport by land and air to ensure patients access the care they need.

11:58 a.m. — Atlantic Ambulance Air Two Medevac flyby

11:59 a.m. — US Navy HSL-48 SH-60B Seahawk flyby: The Seahawk is a twin-engine helicopter. It is used for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, drug interdiction, anti-ship warfare, cargo lift and special operations.

Noon — Andrew McKenna AT-6 Texan Aerobatic demonstration: The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots during World War II and into the 1950s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. It remains a popular war bird aircraft.

12:10 p.m. — Jim Beasley Jr. Spitfire demonstration: The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other allied countries through World War II and into the 1950s as a frontline fighter and in secondary roles. It was produced in greater numbers than any other allied fighter design and was the only allied fighter in production throughout the war.

12:18 p.m. — USAF-AFRC 514th AMW C-17A Globemaster III flyby: The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can also transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.

12:20 p.m. — US Navy VRC-40 C-2A Greyhound flyby (2 passes): The VRC-40 is tasked with providing Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) services to the U.S. Navy's Second, Fifth, and Sixth Fleets. VRC-40, homeported at Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia (USA), operates the Grumman C-2A Greyhound.

12:23 p.m. — USAF NY-ANG 103rd RQS ParaRescue demonstration: Pararescuemen receive exceptional training and qualification in a variety of combat, search and rescue and medical support expertise. Also known as PJs, this group of Air Force elite is the only one in the Department of Defense specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional and unconventional rescue processes.

12:35 p.m. — GEICO Skytypers: The World Famous Geico Skytypers Airshow Team is a flight squadron of six vintage World War II airplanes performing precision flight maneuvers at select airshows across the US.

12:55 p.m. — GEICO Speedboat race: Miss GEICO Caveman Skater boat has competed in the European World Championships the past several years. It became the Caveman Race boat in 2011. The Caveman Race boat is presently leading in the points race in the United States. The Caveman Race boat is driven by a father-and-son team of world champions.

1 p.m. — USN VT-3 NAS Whiting Field T-6B Texan II flyby (2-ship): The all-digital T-6B is the perfect aircraft to train and introduce future naval aviators to the digital age and all-glass cockpit aircraft already in the fleet.

1:02 p.m. — Hawker Beechcraft T-6C Texan II demonstration: The Hawker Beechcraft T-6C is a single-engine turboprop aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (now Hawker Beechcraft). Based on the Pilatus PC-9, the T-6 is used by the United States Air Force for basic pilot training and by the United States Navy for Primary and Intermediate Joint Naval Flight Officer (NFO) and Air Force Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training.

1:16 p.m. — Raiders 6-ship demonstration team

1:36 p.m. — Jim Beasley Jr. P-51D Mustang demonstration: The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat World War II fighter aircraft conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation, under the direction of lead engineer Edgar Schmued. The first production Mustangs were used by the Royal Air Force as tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bombers.

1:43 p.m. — USAF F-4 flybys (2-ship, 4 passes): The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem, two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings.

1:50 p.m. — USAF Heritage Flight (F-4 & P-51): With as many as 60 Heritage Flight demonstrations taking place across the U.S. and overseas in any given year, the Heritage Flight Program has supported hundreds of events in its 14 years, attracting millions of viewers to everything from air shows to funerals, sporting events to parades.

2 p.m. — Surprise flyby and demonstration

2:10 p.m. — Black Diamond Jet Team: Formerly the Heavy Metal Jet Team, the Black Diamond Jet Team is a seven-ship aerobatic civilian-owned jet team with five L 39s and two T 33s all in the arctic camouflage paint scheme. They recently added MiG 17s as solos.

2:45 p.m. — PPG Red Eagle Airsports Pitts solo aerobatic demonstration: Providing a singular blend of low-level precision formation and solo aerobatics with fascinating transitions and head-on passes, Red Eagle Air Sports is nationally known for its eye-popping, spectacular performances. Prepare to witness inverted flat spins, inside and outside loops, multiple snap rolls, tail slides, plus signature maneuvers.

3 p.m.— U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds: Since their inaugural flight in 1953, the U.S. Air force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, have kept the same focus: precise flying with an emphasis on excellence. From the first red, white and blue F-84G to the awesome power and unmatched performance of today's F-16C, the Thunderbirds continue to showcase America's frontline fighters and demonstrate the skill of every U.S. Air Force fighter pilot.

4:30 p.m. — Airshow ends, airspace re-opens, temporary flight restriction ends.

Source: Dave Schultz Airshows

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