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Will Art Nalls and his Sea Harrier save the day for the A.C. Airshow?

Without the Thunderbirds and other military jets, the air seemed to be going out of the uber-popular Atlantic City Airshow, scheduled for Wednesday in an earlier than usual date. But Art Nalls is on board.

Will Art Nalls and his Sea Harrier save the day for the A.C. Airshow?

Photo creds: Ben Fogletto/Press of Atlantic City

Hey yo Art Nalls has come to town to save the Atlantic CIty Airshow, scheduled for Wednesday taking off at noon and running through 3:30 p.m. The retired Marine is bringing his Sea Harrier, which he purchased from the British Royal Navy. With federal budget cuts grounding the Thunderbirds and other military jets for this year's airshow, local officials are relieved that Nalls will do the Harrier's hovering and dipping and verticals and 600 knot passes. He will join a lineup of mostly vintage craft. Last year's event drew upwards of 900,000 people, according to official estimates (at least that number were on the islands in view of the airshow). Without the Thunderbirds, the draw remains to be seen. Today is the ever popular among the locals practice day. Wont' be the same without the Thunderbirds buzzing homes in Ventnor on their turnaround, though. For more information and a full schedule, click here

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Reach The Downashore at arosenberg@phillynews.com.

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