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10th Annual Ocean City Air Show On Tap This Weekend

Military demonstrations, air-sea races and a variety of aerial displays will highlight this year’s 10th Annual OC Air Show.

Returning to this year’s air show are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who will headline this year’s event following several demonstrations, races and flyovers from both military and private performers.

Chris Dirato, director of public relations for the OC Air Show, said this year’s lineup will celebrate the military’s rich history and the show’s ongoing success.

“It’s the 10th anniversary, so it’s a milestone of sorts for the show,” he said. “We feel it’s important to put forth a quality list of performers. All of those elements come together and make it a special, special weekend.”

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers parachute team will kick start the OC Air Show and national anthem, where they will perform a jump with the American flag. The team will also demonstrate their skills in a special performance during the show.

The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey will also take center stage throughout the weekend for a demonstration that showcases the aircraft’s versatile capabilities. Similar to a helicopter, the MV-22 can take off and land vertically and converts into a turboprop plane once in the air.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, Dirato said the “Panchito” B-25 World War II Bomber will also make an appearance. This model aircraft was used throughout much of the war and by the end of its production boasted almost 10,000 varying models.

On both Saturday and Sunday, attendees can also witness an air-sea race between two GEICO Skytyper planes and the Miss GEICO superboat. The two one-mile races will take place along the shoreline at 16th Street and will place the two crafts against each other following the Skytypers’ flying demonstration.