Meet AC Steps in as Premier Sponsor, while Famed U.S. Navy ‘Rhinos’ Fly in
Atlantic City, NJ – Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – Today, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber has announced that the always-popular Atlantic City Airshow “A Salute to Those Who Serve” will return to the city by the shore on Wednesday, August 24, and will be powered by Meet AC, the event’s premier sponsor.
“We couldn’t be happier that Meet AC is the premier sponsor of the Atlantic City Airshow for 2022,” said Michael Chait, president of the Chamber. “It makes so much sense to have the city’s ultimate destination management company partner with this iconic Atlantic City event.”
“As Atlantic City’s Destination Management Organization (DMO), we are thrilled to be the premier sponsor of Atlantic City’s most notable event,” said Larry Sieg, Meet AC’s president and CEO. “Visitors flock to our destination for this iconic event every year, and they look forward to cheering as the planes dip and dive over the Atlantic Ocean. We couldn’t be more honored to power the Atlantic City Airshow this year and are excited to work alongside the Greater Atlantic City Chamber to put on a fantastic show.”
The Atlantic City Airshow is the world’s premier midweek beachfront airshow, drawing more than 500,000 spectators annually. Acts are comprised of multiple military and civilian high-performance aircraft and helicopters from across the country.
Flying in Atlantic City for the first time in five years is the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet “Rhino” East Coast Demo Team, which consists of pilots, weapon systems officers (WSOs) and maintenance crew. The mission objective of the “Rhinos” is to share the heritage of Naval Aviation and display the hard work and dedication of the U.S. Navy to the public. Pilots will fly the F/A-18F Super Hornet, which delivers cutting-edge, next-generation, multi-role strike fighter capability. The demo flight will fly as close to the "edge of the envelope" as safety allows, while highlighting the mobility, versatility and power of these remarkable fighter planes in maneuvers used during training and combat flights.
“It’s incredible to have the Navy’s Rhino Demo Team fly in the A.C. Airshow,” said Chait. “As one of only nine airshows that the ‘Rhinos’ will be in this year, we feel very honored to have them fly in Atlantic City’s.”
Long-time airshow favorites, the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team – aka the Golden Knights – will also take to the A.C. skies again, and more military and civilian acts will be announced at a later date.
The Thunderbirds will showcase the elite skills of their pilots, as well as the amazing capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet. Audiences around the world are wowed by their demonstration, which is an exciting mix of aircraft performing formation flying and solo routines.
The Golden Knights, the uber-popular parachute team of the U.S. Army, will complete a demonstration performed to exacting standards of practice but tailored to our specific venue. As jumpers exit the aircraft simultaneously, several enormous yellow and black U.S. Army-branded parachutes will appear in the sky, delighting viewers on the beach. As part of their routine, the parachuters will often form geometric shapes in the air and employ smoke canisters for effect.
The Atlantic City Airshow is a community partnership between the Greater Atlantic City Chamber; Meet AC, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the City of Atlantic City; the 177th Fighter Wing of the N.J. Air National Guard; South Jersey Transportation Authority; FAA William J. Hughes Tech Center; The Atlantic City International Airport; and David Schultz Airshows, LLC.
The A.C. Airshow’s popular Flightline Club will return after being closed due to COVID-19 in 2020. The Flightline Club offers prime viewing at the center point of the show. Tickets for the Flightline Club will go on sale later this spring. All other Atlantic City Beach locations are free and open to the public.
About The Greater Atlantic City Chamber
Since 1914, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber is dedicated in creating a favorable economic climate with meaningful services for the business community. Together we work to foster growth in the region’s economy by creating a better business climate and a higher quality of life.
About Meet AC
Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization formed and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film production, and group tourism. Meet AC focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.
For complete Atlantic City tourism and convention information, visit www.MeetAC.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About David Schultz Airshows
Since 1994, David Schultz’s team of Airshow Professionals has provided locations worldwide with airshow services, including four FAA Highly Accredited Airbosses, numerous ground operations specialists, two announcers, Jet Team project managers, military and civilian aircraft acquisition services, event budget analysis, media and marketing, FAA/DOD/TFR paperwork coordination, airspace management, computerized ramp layouts, flyby coordination, event ticketing, VIP management, Event Livestreaming, and a whole host of other services that no one else in the business can collectively provide.
About the Super Hornet
The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet.
The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Additional fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air-to-air refueling system.
Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Low-rate production began in early 1997 with full-rate production starting in September 1997, after the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing the previous month. The Super Hornet entered fleet service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006; the Super Hornet has served alongside the original Hornet.