During last summer's Ocean City Airshow, Aero-TV got the chance to sit down with the best and brightest of the personnel and performers that made this first-time show a truly outstanding event.
It was Ocean City, MD’s first ever airshow and was initiated to kick off the town’s 2008 summer season on June 10-11, 2008, adding a new signature attraction to Ocean City’s roster of annual events. Military aircraft demonstrations, low altitude flyovers and civilian aerobatic performances took place over the Ocean City beachfront from noon to 4 pm each day. The airshow was visible along the majority of the Boardwalk creating an inspiring experience for visitors while they enjoyed the hospitality of Ocean City’s beach and attractions.
One of the standouts among an impressive roster of expert performances was a stirring routine performed by Veteran Pilot (in more ways than one), Ed Hamill, flying on behalf of the USAFR. While a number of the hottest Air Force Reserve pilots may get to fly the sleek new F-22 Raptor; Ed Hamill, a member of the Air Force Reserve, uses his Air Force Reserve Biplane to tell the story of air show performance trends through the last century as he lives his dream.
In addition to his full time career as an airshow pilot and businessman, Hamill is also a Major in the US Air Force Reserve. This allows him to continue to serve his country, instructing in F-16s at Luke AFB, Arizona. A proven combat veteran flight lead, he is experienced in flying fighters (F-16s) and also has management and supervisory skills. Hamill was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate among his Air Force F-16 training class as well as a Right Stuff Award Winner. He has also received several Top Gun Awards, and awards for Outstanding Achievement and Academics, among others. Hamill volunteers as a speaker and mentor at various venues, including KidVenture, which attracts thousands of participants young and old alike with its hands-on, educational—and fun—aviation-based events during the annual EAA AirVenture Convention.
Ed's efforts (as well as those of the rest of the accomplished performer line-up), turned this first rendition of the OCAS into a must-repeat event. The Ocean City folks and airshow organizer Bryan Lilley have committed to 2009's event already... be sure to check this show next year on June 6-7, 2009! “This is a signature aviation event,” said Lilley. “The OC Air Show (is) the first major waterfront show in the Mid Atlantic region offering easy access from Baltimore, Washington DC and Philadelphia.”
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