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Anticipation builds for Atlantic City air show

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Tourist Mike Colaner has been coming to Atlantic City for the air show on the beach for the past decade, hoping to make it a family tradition for him and his son.

"My dad passed it down to me, and I would like to see him do it with his children," says AC tourist Mike Colaner. "Every year since he's been born, he just turned 11. So since he's been about "ye" big he's been here," says Colaner. "I follow the air show, this is my 10th year here, I come down every year practice show as well as the main show," explains Colaner.

Tuesday residents and tourists along the beach and boardwalk enjoyed a preview of Wednesdays show, as the pilots practiced for the event. 

"It's the element of surprise, the synchronization, it's beautiful," says one local.

But due to the sequester along with other budget cuts, this years show will not feature current military aircrafts, which has some feeling skeptical about the show. 

"We've been here a couple of years, this year isn't going to be so good because no thunderbirds no blue angels," says a tourists from New York.

"It's sad, I'd like to see the military out here. I'm part of the military myself, but I still come to support," says Colaner.

One of the pilots Colaner came to see is retired Lieutenant Cornel Art Nalls, who will be flying a rare aircraft that is only one of 75 ever built.

"The airplane can stop in mid air, it can actually back up, other planes can't do that," explains the retired US Marine.

With close to a million people expected to come to AC to see the show, city officials are expecting revenue to be in the 10's of millions.

"They're going to stop at the restaurants afterwards, they're going to shop on the boardwalk stores. Stay overnight in the hotels, they're going to play in our casino's," says President of the ACCVA Jeff Vasser.

But for people like Colaner this is less about shopping, and more about continuing a family tradition and marveling at the maneuvers these brave pilots will unveil.

"You see phenomenal talent, they really assembled a world class field here," says Colaner.

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