In conjunction with the celebration of the centennial anniversary of airshows, the Atlantic City Free Public Library — an official sponsor of the 2010 Atlantic City Air Show “Thunder Over the Boardwalk” on Aug. 25 — is co-sponsoring an exhibit called “Flying Fearless” — celebrating the 100-year anniversary of air shows in the state of New Jersey.
The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through Sept. 7 at the Atlantic City Historical Museum (at the Garden Pier, New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk in A.C.), and at the Atlantic City International Airport (in the terminal building of the A.C. International Airport in EHT). The exhibit’s co-sponsor, the Asbury Park Public Library, will have a similar display at the Township of Ocean Historical Museum (703 Deal Road, Ocean Township, in Monmouth County).
All three exhibits showcase early aviators, aircraft, and other aviation-related memorabilia from the early 20th century, and cover the history of air shows in New Jersey over the past 100 years. The exhibits include images (postcards, photographs and drawings), artifacts, printed materials such as books, newspaper articles, songbooks, and a host of other aviation- and flight-related items. There is also a virtual exhibit you can view online.
For more information on when you can visit the exhibits, call the Atlantic City International Airport (645-7895), the Atlantic City Historical Museum (347-5839; open daily 10am–4pm), or the Ocean Historical Museum (732-531-2136).
In the summer of 1910, Wellman received a warm welcome in Atlantic City for his impending expedition as he took up residence in the Chalfonte Hotel. A huge balloon house for the America was constructed for $12,000 by the Aero Club of Atlantic City. Visitors could pay a fee to see the airship before its departure.
Five months earlier, Lindbergh had made aviation history with the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y., to Le Bourget airport in Paris. He flew 3,610 miles in 33 hours and 30 minutes.
The inclusion of the Brazilian flight team will also garner international attention to the Atlantic City Air Show and dignitaries and embassy officials from Brazil are planning to attend this year's event in Atlantic City.
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