Last summer’s federal government shutdown grounded the Blue Angels, but the U.S. Navy’s elite pilots will return this weekend for the 56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, along with a U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and a variety of military and civilian demonstration teams.
Other military demonstration teams joining the Blue Angels, Golden Knights and the Leap Frogs are the Marine MV-22 Osprey helicopter and the U.S. Air Force F-22.
The Air and Water Show returns Saturday and Sunday along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. (The show schedule can be found at chicagoairandwatershow.us.)
“The Chicago Air and Water Show is a summertime favorite providing exciting family entertainment in the skies above Lake Michigan,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “For more than half a century, this event has grown into a spectacular display of aviation’s finest pilots in a unique setting making it a destination for residents and visitors alike.”
The show will also include a wide variety of civilian daredevil pilots such as the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, All Veterans Parachute Team, Chicago Fire Department Helicopter Air/Sea Rescue, Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter, Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70, a P-51 Mustang, the 12-plane Team AeroDynamix, and show announcer is “Voice of the Air and Water Show”, Herb Hunter.
The Chicago Air and Water Show is free to the public and made possible by presenting sponsor Shell
Oil, along with other sponsors such as American Airlines, The Boeing Company, and Bud Light. This is the 19th year Shell is the show's presenting sponsor.
The Chicago Air and Water Show is coordinated by the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
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Photo source: U.S. Navy Blue Angels