2010 Atlantic City Air Show: 100 Years of Thunder This year's Atlantic City Air Show - Thunder Over the Boardwalk celebrates the 100th year of air shows in New Jersey By Lori Hoffman Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Aug. 18, 2010 UPDATE: Atlantic City Airshow “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” will take place rain or shine, as long as the cloud ceiling and visibility are within Federal Aviation Administration minimums for flying aircraft. There is no rain date for the show. In the eight years that the Atlantic City Airshow has taken place, it has never been canceled. Current weather conditions call for a slight chance of rain — 20 percent — for the day of the Airshow. For weather updates, monitor News Talk 1400-AM WOND or WMGM TV40 or your local news affiliate. For any updates on the Atlantic City Airshow, go here The Atlantic City Air Show is easily the biggest event in Atlantic City each year and the biggest mid-week air show of its kind in the world. If the 2010 Thunder Over the Boardwalk matches last year’s estimated attendance, 750,000 people will be packed along the beach and boardwalk and at special viewing parties. Not only is the 2010 Air Show a tribute to the modern era of military and civilian aviation, but this year’s event also marks the 100th anniversary of air shows in Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey. The centennial celebration is being honored at the Atlantic City Historical Museum on Garden Pier, and at the Atlantic City International Airport, with an exhibit by the Atlantic City Free Public Library called “Flying Fearless,” through Sept. 7 (See the virtual exhibit at njairshows1910.org). Atlantic City played an important part in aviation history. The name “airport” was first used in Atlantic City in 1919 to describe its airfield, Edward L. Bader Field, which opened in 1910 and was the first U.S. municipal airport with facilities for both seaplanes and land-based airplanes. Bader Field remained in service until closing for good on Sept. 30, 2006. The Atlantic City Aero Meet took place from July 4 to July 12, and was one of the largest air shows of 1910. This was just seven years after the Wright Brothers made their first flight. It should come as no surprise that the event was organized by the Aero Club of Atlantic City to draw tourists to town. Some things never change Siganos Management is the presenting sponsor for this year’s show, in cooperation with Harrah’s Entertainment, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber, the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, and many other partners including David Schultz Airshows, LLC. This year’s event will again star the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, but an international flair as been added to the show, the Força Aérea Brasileira Esquadrilha da Fumaça, which translates to the Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron. The squadron is known for its fast-paced, close-up aerobatics and spectacular smoke displays. The Brazilian Air Force Military Demonstration Squadron consists of seven Embraer T-27 Tucano jet- prop aircraft that will be accompanied by a Brazilian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules support aircraft. This will be the first time the Brazilian air team has performed on the East Coast, and will be the first of two appearances it makes in the United States this year.