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Oct 31

Up, Up and Away: Flying High Over Cape May County in New Jersey’s Southern Shore

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 3:18 PM by Rick Lang

Look up at the sky. B-52s, banner planes and kites proudly fly past the skylines of Cape May County, New Jersey. From going to military aircraft museums, to watching hair-raising wing walkers, here are some fun, high-flying things to see or do in Cape May County.

Annual Air Show

Ocean City in Cape May County is the best place to see it all, most notably during the annual Air Show at the Municipal Airport. There, aerobatic performers dangle in the mid-air from planes, and spectators will also see the Blue Angels and other fighter planes whizzing by at 400 to 700 mph doing air tricks. A heart-stopping wing walking stunt makes the crowd hold a collective breath while watching a stuntman literally walk across the plane. Visitors can also view a ground display of unusual World War II era airplanes at this event.

Banner Advertising

Keep your eyes peeled for banner planes that advertise great restaurants and deals over the beach. Cape May County is the nation’s capital of aerial advertising. Banner planes have been a Jersey Shore’s staple for over 60 years. Scanning for happy hour specials and shopping bargains while basking in New Jersey’s sun is the best way to plan your remaining beach vacation.


Naval Air Station Wildwood

History lovers can get their fix at the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW), a museum housing vintage military aircrafts. In this 92,000-sq.- ft. museum, visitors can check out planes like the B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress and the P-51 Mustang while reading about their history. Guests can also pay their respects at the Wall of Honor that commemorates the 41 soldiers that perished during training at the station.


Kite Festival

Wildwood hosts one of the world’s largest kite festival that takes place every year on Memorial Day Weekend. Competitive kiters bring their best handmade kites to Rio Grande Avenue to display to spectators. Eventually, awards are given out to best kite designs and kite flying. Workshops, exhibits and children's activities are also available at the event, but it’s advised to not miss the illuminated night kite show to see the sky sparkle.