Atlantic City gets Ready for Air Show
I used to love air shows as a kid. They're loud, filled with lots of cool toys and PLANES! Seeing them rumble above the air, sometimes only feet from the ground, was exhilarating.
Now, my enjoyment is slightly defused by environmental concerns, like just how much fuel is being burned, or how a lot of air shows are just opportunities for arms companies to show off their new gadgets.
But still, they make for some pretty cool photos.
There will be much flying to the danger zone this coming week, as the sixth annual Atlantic City Airshow returns to town Wednesday, complete with flybys, acrobatic aerial maneuvers and the occasional parachutist rounding out the program.
The event is expected to draw even more than the 40,000 who packed the city last year - but Lt. Col. Neal Snetsky, of the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard, can remember how quickly it all began back in 2003.
The pilot of the GEICO Extra 300S, a composite aerobatic propeller plane, Weber spends about 22 weeks on the road per year as part of the air show circuit. But as he stepped out of his plane following his practice run Tuesday, he talked about how the Atlantic City air show is unlike all others.