By David Madden and Cleve Bryan

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Now these are the kinds of crowds local officials would like to see every day during the summer.

Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the beach and boardwalk in Atlantic City today for the city’s 12th annual “Thunder Over The Boardwalk” air show.

From old-fashioned biplanes towing banners, to choppers, to the Air Force Thunderbirds, this show had something for everybody.

“I think a lot of us would love to fly a plane, but we don’t,” said Kelly Groves, who brought the family down from South River, in central New Jersey.  “And watching them and seeing the amazing things they do, it’s amazing!  It’s fun.”

The show this year comes just after the announcement the Revel Casino will close and layoff more than 3,100 employees. With millions of dollars in advertising being spent to attract non-casino visitors, Mayor Don Guardian says it’s encouraging to see huge crowds.

“It’s the Air Show, it’s the free concerts, it’s the triathlons, it’s the Miss America Pageant that’s going to be Atlantic City in the future,” says Guardian.

It’s also free, if you don’t count the parking fees.  It costs about $20 to $40 for a car, depending on how close to the boardwalk you want to get.


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