By Wyatt Earp | August 25, 2009
Last Wednesday, I took Kyle and Erik to Atlantic City to see their annual Thunder Over the Boardwalk air show. The show took place over the beach, and was witnessed by close to 600,000 people – according to unofficial accounts. They were probably correct, since everyone was elbow to elbow. It was mega-crowded, but still a great time. The event began with an incredible Golden Knights parachute drop, which landed about 100 feet from our position:
The Air Force Thunderbirds were the day’s headliner, but since I already saw them last year with Captain America, I wanted to see the Warthogs. An A-10 demonstration came on early, and I captured this cool (although distant) footage:
I’m sorry, you can have your Raptors and Hornets. I want me a Warthog. The boys, for their part, wasted to see the Raptors, and we were treated to a very low (and ridiculously loud) flyover by four of them. They loved that, but for some reason, they enjoyed the stunt biplanes more. I caught some of that footage, too:
Don’t get me wrong; they were cool, but if they aren’t armed, what’s the point? Heh. We also got to see a Coast Guard rescue demonstration, and this photo gives you an idea of how crowded it was on A.C.’s tiny beach:
Yeah, it was hot and crowded. Just like Lindsay Lohan’s bedroom. I would have captured more images and video, but dumbass that I am, I forgot to charge the camera battery beforehand. The battery died moments before the P-51 Mustangs came by. Dammit.
After about two and a half hours, the kids had had it. And in all honesty, so had I. It was too hot and we couldn’t really catch a swim, since Atlantic City’s beach was completely disgusting. It was dirty and covered with dead, washed-up crabs and mussels. Even daredevil Erik didn’t want to go in there, and that’s saying something. So, we packed up and made the four-block walk to our parking spaces, content with seeing Warthogs, Mustangs, Biplanes, and Falcons.