Who doesn’t love death defying acts? Seemingly no one, because for the last 14 years folks from all around have packed the beaches of Atlantic City for the annual Atlantic City Airshow, known as “Thunder Over The Boardwalk.”
Don’t dare call it skywriting
One of the demonstrations that will be sure to dazzle the crowd this year is the GEICO Skytypers.
Steve Kapur is a pilot with the high flying group which combines World War II era fighter planes with death defying maneuvers and occasional puffs of smoke.
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“What we do is typing in the sky as opposed to sky writing. Sky writing twists and turns to spell out individual letters with his smoke trail, but what we do is fly our aircrafts in a formation, and we have a computer that controls the smoke system in each aircraft. We put out puffs of smoke at just the right time to form dot matrix style letters,” Kapur says.
“But we tend to do the skytyping before the actual show.”
Like many of the skytypers, Kapur has a commericial pilots license, which means he would be as comfortable in a jumbo jet as he would in the historic planes that the skytypers fly.
“When you fly commercially there are significant rules that govern that. When we are flying (for GEICO) we fly in very close formation. You wouldn’t do that (commercially).”
So what can airshow enthusiasts expect from the Skytypers? Kapur assures us that the crowds will be in for a real treat.
“We fly a terrific routine! It’s about 20 minutes in length, and you will see us fly over the crowd as a delta, then break into a diamond. You’ll see some really cool maneuvers. These are the maneuvers that have been taught to pilots learning to fly back in the second world war, Korea and even today. What it’s doing is giving you a perspective on what it is like to be a military aviator.”
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Also appearing is Miss GIECO, an offshore powerboat racer that will actually race two of the planes. Of course that begs the question, is there a rivalry between the pilots and the guys manning the boat?
“You think?!” Kapur says with a laugh. “Holy mackerel is there ever a friendly rivalry! We love those guys (in the boat), they are part of the GEICO family, but, of course, each side wants to win.”
Fun fact: The letters that are typed by the Skytypers are each taller than the Empire state building.
JAFCO hosts a night worthy of the Great Gatsby
The Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) held a “Great Gatsby Soiree” Saturday, Aug. 12, in the ballroom of The Claridge Hotel. Guests got in the spirit of the event donning zoot suits and flapper attire, while noshing on yummy apps followed by a surf-and-turf dinner. NBC10’s Ted Greenberg served as Master of Ceremonies while the Atlantic City Ballet held a brief 1920s-inspired performance. JAFCO’s mission is “to care for abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities in the Jewish community while working in partnership with families in the entire community.” For information call 610-525-1040 or go to JAFCO.org.