By: Olivia Armstrong, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Atlantic City airshow will make its comeback this year to honor the healthcare workers and industry at large. The annual event did not take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will return on August 18.
The entire celebration is sponsored by GEICO, and its tagline this year is “A Salute to Those Who Serve.” The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in their F-16 Fighting Falcons will be the main act for the 18th annual celebration. The air force will also put its F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team in the air to show off the power of its fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers decided to dedicate and honor 2021’s airshow celebration to front-line healthcare workers. They are partnering with the New Jersey Hospital Association, and a few selected healthcare professionals will be invited to take part in the festivities and be recognized for their hard work.
“We are thrilled to host the 2021 Atlantic City Airshow and we are so grateful for our partners and supporters who have returned to help make all the moving parts of this event come together and run smoothly,” Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Michael Chait said. “The marketing firepower and reach of Meet AC and the graciousness of Borgata to once again provide rooms for the performers enable us to once again put on a first-rate show.”
In addition to the fighter jets on offer at this year’s air show, Atlantic City’s air show will also host the U.S. Army Parachute Team, which is also known as the Golden Knights, and a number of other aircraft.
You can check out all the information about this year’s show here.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.