Air Show Features Civilian Planes

OCEAN CITY — The OC Air Show will feature what organizers are calling an “All-Star, All-Civilian line up”, this weekend over the beach and Boardwalk.

There will be teams of parachute jumpers, demonstrations of a variety of aircraft, low altitude flyovers and non-military aerobatic performances. Acts already online for the performances June 8 and 9 (with practices on June 6 and 7) include Air Force Heritage Flight, Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts, Sean Carroll YAK-9 Fighter Demo, John Klatt in the ANG MXS, Lucas Oil Parachute Team, GEICO Skytypers, The Red Bull Helicopter, P-51 Mustang Demo, L-39 Jet Demonstration and the Sea Harrier Jet Demo.

This year’s event had to be overhauled once word came from the federal government that sequestration would ground the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, which had been tapped to headline the OC Air Show for the first time ever. The U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds team has previously headlined the annual June event.

All performances are free to watch from anywhere but the Show Center and Drop Zone.

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 7

8 a.m.: Breakfast with the Performers at Layton’s Family Restaurant on 16th St.

1 p.m.: OC Air Show Preview — The Show Center is between 15th and 16th streets on the beach

7 p.m.: Coors Take-Off Party open to the public at Hooper’s Crabhouse with the Lucas Oil Parachute Jump team.

Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9

8 a.m.: Breakfast with the performers at Layton’s Family Restaurant at 16th Street both days.

9 a.m.: Display Village opens both days, 15th, 16th, and 17th streets as well as the inlet parking lot.

10 a.m.: Drop Zone and Show Center beach is open. Tickets available from

1 p.m.: OC Air Show’s Show Center at 16th Street (tickets for VIP viewing available at 

4 p.m. both days: Air Show Happy Hour at Surfin’ Betty’s Beach Bar at 16th and the Boardwalk

7 p.m. on Sunday only: Air Show Afterburner Party at the Captain’s Table in the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at 15th Street and the beach.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.