Thousands flocked to Atlantic City today to watch “Thunder Over the Boardwalk.”
The 11th annual Atlantic City Airshow began at noon above the beach and Boardwalk. The event was free to anyone who could see (and hear) the airplanes.
This year's show was different than in the past. The show didn't feature any military acts for the first time because of federal budget cuts. However, there were still vintage military planes and private aerobatic teams.
The show also took place on a Wednesday instead of a Friday and was held in June instead of August, part of a strategy for tourism as well as event planners in Atlantic City.
"We were thinking June for a couple of reasons," said Joe Kelly, president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber. "We've been through the storm and we want to make sure people know that our boardwalk is there. We're ready for the summer."
It was the first A.C. Airshow for Melanie McCarthy. The New York City flight attendant says she plans on coming back next year.
"It's so easy to get here from New York City," she said. "It's beautiful and it's nice."
While Cory and Jessica Larsen of Egg Harbor Township enjoyed the event, they say more needs to be done in A.C. to further attract their business.
"Less crime and better parking options, cheaper parking," said Cory. "That's pretty much the two main things."
The airshow ended around 4 p.m.
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