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Annual Atlantic City Air Show

2010-08-26 06:57:11 GMT2010-08-26 14:57:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Aircraft of US Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration squadron performs during an air show near the beach of Atlantic City, the United States, Aug. 25, 2010. The annual Atlantic City Air Show was held here on Wednesday, with the participation of a number of flight demonstration squadrons. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

US Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration squadron performs during an air show near the beach of Atlantic City, the United States, Aug. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

A US F/A-18F Super Hornet performs during an air show near the beach of Atlantic City, the United States, Aug. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Aircraft of US Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration squadron performs during an air show near the beach of Atlantic City, the United States, Aug. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

A helicopter of US Coast Guard carries out a search operation during an air show near the beach of Atlantic City, the United States, Aug. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The 2010 Atlantic City Air Show kicked off on Wednesday with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S.Army Golden Knights parachute team headlining the event.

The 2010 Atlantic City Air Show marks the 100th anniversary of the first airshow in Atlantic City in 1910. Thousands of people came to the beach to witness one of the most impressive events that come to life on the skies over the famous gambling city in the U.S. state of New Jersey.

The air show wowed the audiences with military and civilian pilots performing flybys, acrobatic maneuvers, flying formations and stunning twists and turns. The air show features the demonstration of F-16 Fighter Jets, a U.S. Marine Harrier Jet, U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets and the B-25 bomber and helicopters.

Flybys and demonstrations reached as high as 5,000 feet and as low as 50 feet over the water against Atlantic City's iconic skyline. The B-25 bomber tossed 30 watermelons out of the airplane as part of the performance to show how pilots would practice bombs.

The Brazilian Esquadrilha da Fumaca or "Smoke Squadron" added international flavor to the air show. Captain Andre Fabiano, one of the instructors for the "Smoke Squadron," said it was his first time to come to Atlantic City to join the air show.

"It's so wonderful to fly in the sky, especially over the Atlantics. We will perform for more than 30 minutes in the show. It is quite an experience," said Fabiano, who has been flying for 13 years.

The 2010 Atlantic City Air Show is part of the activities of U.S. Air Force Week held in New York from Aug. 24 through Aug. 29.

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